February 27

Abraham Lincoln delivers Cooper Union speech

February 27, 1860

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John Steinbeck, American writer, is born

February 27, 1902

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, is born

February 27, 1807

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  • Midnight Ride of Paul Revere — Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Midnight Ride of Paul Revere — Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License

    This lesson encourages close study of Wood's painting, American Revolution primary sources, and Longfellow's poem to understand the significance of this historical ride in America's struggle for freedom. By reading primary sources, students learn how Paul Revere and his Midnight Ride became an American story of patriotism.

  • Why Do We Remember Revere? Paul Revere's Ride in History and Literature
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Why Do We Remember Revere? Paul Revere's Ride in History and Literature

    After an overview of the events surrounding Paul Revere's famous ride, this lesson challenges students to think about the reasons for that fame.  Using both primary and secondhand accounts, students compare the account of Revere's ride in Longfellow's famous poem with actual historical events, in order to answer the question: why does Revere's ride occupy such a prominent place in the American consciousness?