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    Suffolk Univ. History Prof. – Palin Right About Paul Revere

    Suffolk Univ. History Prof. – Palin Right About Paul Revere

    In the continuing saga, in which Palin is being savaged and mocked, please listen to this NPR interview with Robert Allison, a professor and historian at Suffolk University, in which Allison argues that while Palin may have had some details wrong, she mostly was correct about Paul Revere’s ride, including the ringing of bells and firing of shots as warning to the British:

    Money Q&A;:

    Q. So you think basically on the whole Sarah Palin got her history right?

    A. Well yes she did, now remember she’s a politician she’s not a historian, and God help us when historians start acting like politicians, and I suppose policitians start writing history.

    (h/t to commenter CW at HotAir)

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    Wow. That interviewer didn't even realize the put-down the Professor nailed her with at the end of his talk.

    Oh, brother…Professor Jacobson, with all due respect, you're an idiot.

    Sarah Palin said, "He who warned – uh – the…the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms……uh…by ringing those bells and – and, uh, making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were going to be secure and we were going to be free."

    So sorry, but that is not correct. Nothing in Paul Revere's warning included the vow that they wouldn't be taking away our arms, nor did he do this by ringing bells…which would require an elaborate system of bells to create such nuanced message. And no, he was not riding his horse through town to send warning shots and bells.

    Good grief, man! Have a little self-respect and be willing to either sympathetically ignore Palin's embarrassing flub or dismiss it as inconsequential. But don't make an ass of yourself by snarling that she got it right. Don't sacrifice your credibility and integrity for the likes of Palin, Professor. She simply isn't worth it.

    My comment will be visible after approval? Forget I posted. If you're that craven, my admonition will simply be lost on you. You're about as honest as Jerome Corsi.

    You know what? I don't really care if Palin was spot-on accurate, misspoke, or completely clueless. I haven't seen heard anything from her anywhere near as idiotic as I have from Obama, who is apparently brilliant and insightful.

    Oh, and Patrick? As far as I know, everyone is moderated. Get over yourself.

    @Patrick — Uh, Patrick, it was historian Robert Allison who said Palin was right.

    You apparently didn't listen to the interview or read the transcript. Always a bad sign when you don't do elementary research.

    "Prof. ALLISON: Well, he's not firing warning shots. He is telling people so that they can ring bells to alert others. What he's doing is going from house to house, knocking on doors of members of the Committees of Safety saying the regulars are out. That is, he knew that General Gage was sending troops out to Lexington and Concord, really Concord, to seize the weapons being stockpiled there, but also perhaps to arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams, leaders of the Continental Congress, who were staying in the town of Lexington.

    "Remember, Gage was planning – this is a secret operation, that's why he's moving at night. He gets over to Cambridge, the troops start marching from Cambridge, and church bells are ringing throughout the countryside."

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