A People’s History of the American Revolution:
A Guide for Teaching and Readers’ Groups
A People’s History of the American Revolution: Teacher’s Guide
CHAPTER 2: FIGHTING MEN AND BOYS
THE SPIRIT OF ‘75
1. Describe the response to the “Powder Alarm” by the people of Longmeadow.
2. Tell what happened at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.
3. (a) What was the response by other New Englanders upon hearing the news?
(b) In particular, what was the response of Joseph Plumb Martin and Joseph Hodgkins?
4. When Ebenezer Fox headed from Roxbury (near Boston) to Providence, why
did he see so many men on the road?
5. (a) In April of 1775, how old were each of the four soldiers-to-be featured in
this section? (b) How did the circumstances of Joseph Hodgkins differ from those of
Joseph Plumb Martin, Jeremiah Greenman, and Ebenezer Fox?
Historical Reasoning/ Discussion:
1. Is it really predictable, as Raphael suggests, that marching with “staves and
musick” leads to warfare?
2. British sources claim there were hundreds of farmers on the Lexington Green;
American sources say there were far fewer (see footnote #7). How might political
motivations help explain these differences in “eyewitness” accounts?
3. (a) Who do you think fired the first shot at Lexington? (b) If you were able to
give an answer to (a), do you think your own political views affected your response?
4. (a) Imagine that you are a teenage male living in New England in April of 1775.
How do you think you would respond to the military mobilization by the patriots? (b)
Imagine that you are married and the father of a new-born son, yet you have just signed
on as a Minuteman. How do you think you would respond to military mobilization?
AN AMERICAN CRUSADE
1. Where was the Battle of Bunker Hill fought?
2. What was the most serious danger faced by the soldiers during the seige of
3. In the fall of 1775, why were so many soldiers “Bewitcht about getting home”?
4. List the various factors contri