Every school child in America knows that Paul Revere rode through Massachusetts warning the militia that “the Redcoats were coming”. Fewer people know that in the night of April 18th, 1775, other riders were sent with the same goal, among them William Dawes. Revere was far more effective than Dawes in spreading the word to mobilize patriot forces, and that—with the help of with Longfellow’s poem – catapulted him to the historic pantheon of America’s founding heroes. The difference between Dawes and Revere was just one: network.
No, Revere, didn’t shout “the Redcoats are coming”. First of all, British soldiers weren’t referred as “Redcoats” until much later—he probably said “the regulars are coming”. Secondly, if he would have shouted anything of the sort, he would have been stopped by loyalists that were still plentiful in New England. What Revere did was use his network. Read More »