American History: Lexington and Concord

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The militias had been warned in time, and were ready and waiting for the approaching British soldiers.
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The British soldiers approached eagerly.  They were sure the colonists would surrender at the first sign of a soldier, no shots would be fired and their victory was assured.

Meanwhile, the colonists had been joined by a medieval knight, who was armed with a crossbow and was twice as tall as everyone else.
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The soldiers kept approaching and the colonists realized this was a moment that would make history, but they were ordered not to fire, maybe it could be talked out if everyone remained calm.
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But someone didn’t listen.  No one knows for sure who fired the first shot, but shots were fired and there was casualties on both sides.  The British and Americans left the battle with no clear winner, but obviously at war.
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The British troops continued on to Concord, this time the Colonists were aided by a zombie spearman.  He is formidable in battle.
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Again the hope was for no shots to be exchanged, and again hopes were dashed as colonists and soldiers exchanged shots.

I was really impressed at how well my kids remembered all of this lesson, some of it was from reading it, but most of it was from watching Liberty Kids.  If you haven’t seen the show, it’s currently available on Netflix streaming or you can buy the DVDs (which we have done).  It gives a very accurate and unbiased (there is a main character who represents the British side) view of the whole thing from the Boston Tea Party all the way to the signing of Constitution.

Jeff and I have watched pretty much all of them with the kids and have gotten into arguments about whether it was accurate, and then looked it up and discovered they were right and we were wrong.
So, I’m gonna link up to: All Things Beautiful, and Journey to Excellence.
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12 thoughts on “American History: Lexington and Concord

  1. You already know we like Liberty Kids! We watch it on Netflix together as a family on the weekends – and we all learn a lot!

    If you're ever in Massachusetts, you have to stop by Concord – you can see where all of this took place!

  2. Was the zombie in the video too? 😉
    This is a wonderful lesson… and I'm interested in those videos now. Your kids seems a bit more ok with violence than Matthew is (haha, that is not a judgement about parenting skills at all, really I'm jealous!)- are the videos very violent??

  3. We are studying American History this year, so we should watch these again. I know we watched one or two a few years ago, but now the kids will have a deeper understanding. Thanks for the info. and the little toy soldiers are a fabulous idea!

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