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Ap Us History: What Happened At Lexington Green. Looks At The Viewpoints Of This Situation From The Standpoint Of Several Different Historians.

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What Happened On Lexington GreenTime is something unrecoverable. Every passing moment of your life is captured and then lost somewhere in time and will never be replayed again in the physical world. We call this 'history'. History has existed for however long time has existed. The only reason we know about our history is if, after time has passed, the events of that moment were recorded somewhere, whether it be in an audio or video tape, a journal, or in a person's memory. The first hand records of an experience are called "primary sources". These are the most reliable sources for a person who is studying history to use, since they have not been strewn and battered around through opinions of individuals who's intentions are not to depict history accurately, but to depict history through the most favorable outcome for them self. However, primary sources might not tell the whole "truth" to an event, so one must analyze several primary sources of the same event to determine which elements of the story are fiction, and which elements of the story are consistent, and therefore, the "truth".In section one of 'What happened on Lexington Green', one can read several first hand accounts of the event in Lexington on April 19th, 1775. Each primary source in this section is unique in it's own way because it was visualized and interpreted by different individuals. These individuals are each diverse and come different backgrounds. Some are British soldiers writing letters back to their commander to tell him of the day's events. Some are colonists who watched the situation unfold from a safe distance. Some are Lexington militia-men who stayed awake all night to participate in the battle that was to unfold the next morning. Each one of these sources conclude that a battle did unfold the morning of April 19th, 1775 on Lexington Green, and they all conclude that the battle did occur about half an hour before sunrise. Since this information has been verified on several accounts by people of various backgrounds such as British Regulars, Colonial minutemen, and American colonists, we can safely assume that this information is correct. Another reason for making this assumption is that most of the information was provided in a relatively small interval between the time the event occurred and the time the source was recorded. If one were to look at the sworn testimony of Thomas Fessenden, a colonial onlooker, which was given to the Justices of the Peace on April 23, 1775, just 4 days after the event in Lexington occurred, one will notice that the testimony given is very detailed and, for the most part, is consistent to information presented in other sources. This source provides us some minor details that are not seen in others. While these minor details might not seem significant, they provide the source with more integrity. If a source is too broad, one could speculate that the person who recorded the information could not have seen all the details of the events and...

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