Sarah Palin is not the only prominent American to flub details of Paul Revere’s famous 1775 horseback ride.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem Paul Revere’s Ride is often taken as a historical account of the stirring moment, despite being riddled with errors.
The charismatic Alaskan drew mockery from the media last week when she gave a muddled rendition of the midnight ride while in Boston on a wild bus tour.
“He who warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells, and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free,” she said to a gaggle of reporters.
Nevertheless, Longfellow’s 1861 verse is often taught as history, despite being wrong on several facts, according to The Palm Beach Post. No one has ever accused this beloved poet and scholar of being stupid, however. He’s one of America’s most acclaimed literary figures.
Here are a couple of Longfellow’s mistakes: In the poem, Revere yells, “The British are coming!” However, he actually hollered, “The regulars are coming out!”
In addition, the poem has Revere riding to Concord, despite that the fact that he stayed in Lexington and was promptly arrested.
Now, all this doesn’t mean that Palin should be given a pass for not knowing basic American history. She shouldn’t. However, if reporters were to query Palin on how many states there are in the union, she would hopefully answer correctly, unlike President Barack Obama.