A True Republican: The Life of Paul Revere

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Introduction
1. Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with Extracts from His Journals and Correspondence, ed. Samuel Longfellow ( Boston, 1891), 2.401.
2. "Paul Revere's Ride," The Poetical Works of Longfellow, Cambridge ed. ( Boston, 1975), 207-9.
3. The poet's intent was not to document the details of Paul Revere's ride, which had been accurately covered in such nineteenth-century texts as Richard Frothingham History of the Siege of Boston ( 1849) and George Bancroft History of the United States ( 1858). As both a literary scholar (professor of modern language and literature at Harvard from 1836 to 1854) and an American poet, Longfellow was more interested in creating a tradition of American epic poetry that would inspire both his fellow poets and the rest of his countrymen. On the nineteenth-century coverage of Paul Revere's ride see Richard Frothingham, History of the Siege of Boston ( 6th ed., 1903; reprint, New York, 1970), 58-60; Bancroft, History of the United States, 7.288-90. My interpretation of Longfellow is based on several years of research as a park ranger at Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Secondary works on Longfellow include Edward Wagenknecht, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Portrait of an American Humanist ( New York, 1966), and Newton Arvin , Longfellow: His Life and Work ( Boston, 1962, 1963).
4. Definition of "virtue" in Gordon S. Wood, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 ( New York, 1969), 65-70.
5. Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed., s.v. "ambition."
6. On the concepts of honor, fame, reputation, and ambition see Trevor Colbourn, ed., Fame and the Founding Fathers: Essays by Douglass Adair ( New York, 1974), 3-26; Gordon S. Wood , The Radicalism of the American Revolution ( New York, 1992), 39-41, 207-10.

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