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    frandor55, geomoo

    I admit it was a from-the-hip reaction to regional chest-thumping.

    I've lived in Massachusetts, and I never noticed the populace particularly more fascinated with the historical aspects of Patriots' Day than anyone else, save a few hobbyists who like to dress up and shoot off antique weapons.

    And I seriously doubt that many New Englanders are aware that Revere never reached Concord, despite Longfellow's narrative, or that Emerson's "shot heard round the world" wasn't.

    and I wait for them to interrupt my drinking from this broken cup

    by le sequoit on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 06:55:36 AM PDT

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    •  Sorry, but actually my kids have learned... (2+ / 0-)
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      CentralMass, geomoo

      ...the history of Patriots' Day accurately in our town school system here in MA (~40 NNW of Boston). And it's something that my family has always taken seriously (no we don't dress up in colonial-era garb and fire off muskets). My SO grew up in Sudbury, MA (postal zip code 01776, ostensibly awarded this because their minutemen/militia was the first to join up with the locals at Concord) so it's always been a part of the family, even when we were living in NJ.

      So please try to avoid the sweeping generalizations of an entire commonwealth.

      "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by frisco on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 11:09:09 AM PDT

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      •  I appreciate both comments. (1+ / 0-)
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        elwior

        But please, "I never noticed the populace particularly more fascinated" doesn't even come close to being a sweeping generalization.  It's an observation which I share after living in New England for over twenty years.  I still appreciate your additional information, which is more that of an insider.

        The problem after a war is the victor. He thinks he has just proved that war and violence will pay. Who will now teach him a lesson?

        by geomoo on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 12:05:01 PM PDT

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      •  The Wayside Inn in Sudbury is a great place (0+ / 0-)

        to visit to take in some of the colonial history.

        I've dined their numerous times. The wait staff wear period era clothing. In dining areas are heated with the fireplaces during the winter etc..

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        The entire state is steeped in history. I'm looking at a stone wall built in that era right now. Colonial builds, memorials, roadside markers, building like schools name after historical figures, etc..

        Anyone who living in Massachusetts that doesn't have a sense of it's history must have their eyes closed.

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