When you do that, instead of generalities and dates and the history we get when we are young, you get people ... They become human beings in very different times, and that's part of what's interesting, how different it was. But there's also a universal, essential humanity that comes out.
To say that a love of democratic ideals had inspired these country people to take up arms against the [British] regulars is to misrepresent the reality of the revolutionary movement ... The patriots had refused to respect the rights of those with whom they did not agree, and loyalists had been sometimes brutally suppressed throughout Massachusetts.More quotes »
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