For most of the nearly three hundred years British Colonists settled in America, there was no standing army to protect it. Instead, towns had garrisons where gunpowder and arms were kept to supply the militia in case of outside aggressors. But what if that aggressor was the king? In that case, did the supplies belong to the British government, or did they belong to the inhabitants of the town? As you can imagine, Royal Governors and American Patriots disagreed on this point. Read about the April 19th, 1775 Powder Alarm in Concord in the latest pages of The Dreamer, a history comic about the American Revolution.
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April 19th, 1775 is one of the most significant dates in American history. Though Independence wouldn’t be declared for over a year, on this day the first shots were fired on the Lexington Green and there was no turning back: there would be a war between America and England.
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Fun Fact: Sam Adams’s words on this page are taken from the actual speech he gave that day, under the Liberty Tree!
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Well, it’s been one heck of a year for The Dreamer. So let’s take a look back on 2011!
January started off as it usually does for me–emotional and fulfilling as the Comic Creators for Freedom kicked off its annual fundraising drive.
In 2011, we raised $5,000 to end human trafficking! (The 2012 drive starts next week!) […]
Lora here! This summer when I went to Boston, I was fortunate that despite Hurricane Irene tearing up New England the day before, Joseph Warren biographer Sam Forman was kind enough to meet me at the Massachusetts Historical Society to show me a few of the more exciting Dr. Warren related artifacts in their collection. Our adventures there are another story for another day, but when Sam pried me away from John Warren’s diary so he could take me to hold the Bunker Hill sword that Joseph Warren allegedly held in battle, he looked over at me with an excitement in his eyes that rivaled my own and said, “It’s happening!”
Friends like that are hard to find. Sam’s book–the first Warren biography to come out in 50 years!–released this month, so I invited him to do a guest blog on my website. Without further ado, I’ll let him get to it…
When she visited Boston last summer, Lora invited me to do a guest blog on a topic touched on in The Dreamer. I am the author of the just-out biography Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty. Lora goes to great lengths to get the history right, so Dreamer fans can be assured that you are reading a rollicking romance incorporating real settings and realistically portrayed characters. Can an historian be a closet Dreamer fan? I will take the Fifth Amendment on that one.
While researching original Warren manuscripts and priceless relics at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Lora helped me with a vexing problem: what was Joseph Warren’s eye color? It is captivating and mesmerizing such that you can stare at Warren’s portrait at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and still not quite put your finger on his eye color. Lora lent her artist’s eye and palette to high definition electronic files to determine the exact shade. Meanwhile, otherwise friendly archivists were shushing us in the formal reading room. It instantly became apparent that Lora has the identical and unusual eye color as the romantic Warrens of the Revolution. Who will be the first fan girl or fan boy to suggest that is NOT a coincidence?
Speaking of color, Dreamer characters Yvette and Cato, of the cast in the present, are black. This is almost coincidental to the story. Friendships and romance are not hamstrung by racial barriers and stereotypes in the modern Dreamer world. That would not be the case in 18th century Massachusetts.