The shot heard round the world-was it Lexington or Concord that can claim this as the first shot of the Revolution? After visiting sites in Lexington and Concord today, I heard varying claims. Everyone knows that the first squirmish was infact in Lexington but was it really the first shot of the Revolution? According to the guide at the North Bridge, the first shots of the Revolution actually occured here because it was an organized military action. Although much of what we have been told in our history lessons was that the beginning of the Revolution was at Lexington, there are definate alternate interpretations. This follows along with the idea that the “Past” is what really happened and “History” is the interpretation of that happening. Along with where the first shot was fired, it is important to think of who fired the first shot as well. During our time at the North Bridge, we got to participate in and hear 8 first-hand accounts of the events at the North Bridge on April 19, 1775. Although all 8 people experienced that single event, all accounts revealed details that varied; some more than others. So…Who fired the first shot? According to “History” it was the British, but we may never know for sure. This was an excellent activity to use in the classroom; students must think critically and solve the mystery of a historic event.
This day was amazing! I learned so much by just by setting foot on these historic locations. I wish all teachers, and students for that matter, could experience the sense of pride and patriotism that I felt when I walked onto Lexington Green, or saw the house where John Hancock and Samuel Adams were the night Paul Revere came to warn them of the British troop movements, or even seen the Buckman Tavern where a makeshift hospital was created to tend to the wounded British soldiers.
Off for some witch hunting tomorrow in Salem!!