We have been studying how the words to popular songs give us a glimpse into the daily lives of people who lived long ago. Here is the most popular song of 1776, Yankee Doodle Dandy. It was loved by both the British soldiers and the American colonists. Each side changed the words of the song to suit their own opinion.
Read the British version of the first verse below. What did the British soldiers plan to do?
“Yankee Doodle came to town
For to buy a firelock
We will tar and feather him
And so we will John Hancock.”
Here is the colonists’ version of the first verse. How did they respond?
“There was Captain Washington
Upon a slapping stallion
A-Giving orders to his men
I guess there was a million.”
Firelock: a gun that uses a spark to ignite the gunpowder
Tar and Feather: to smear tar and put feathers on someone as punishment
John Hancock: An American Revolutionary Leader
Captain Washington: George Washington, American Revolutionary Leader and first US President
Stallion: Male horse
Ignite: light with fire
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Go to the following Google Map on the Midnight Ride. Answer these questions:
- What was the cost of the French & Indian War to the British?
- Why was Boston Harbor important to the British?
- Why was the Charles River especially important to the British?
- What do you notice about the town of Boston in 1775 from the key destination map?
- Who was General Thomas Gage?
- Why was the old North Church important to the Revolution?
- What were the names of the three riders?
- Which rider finished?
- Listen to at least two songs from 1775. What do the lyrics of these songs tell you about the times?
Click on the comment link below and answer as many questions as you can.
I wrote this graphic novel using facts about Paul Revere’s ride on April 18, 1775. The main character in the story is his horse, Charger. I used Comic Life software to create the graphic novel and Youblisher to allow the reader to turn the pages. I used Screenr to record my voice to read the novel aloud. I hope you enjoy part I!