Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Five Myths Surrounding the American Revolutionary Period

Were New World colonists only upset about high taxes demanded by England, the mother country? Their true issue was taxation without representation, a right of every British citizen. Many colonists were very incensed against an indifferent king who spoke more German than English. Some were angered to the point that their cry was “No king but King Jesus!”

Paul Revere by J.S. Copely, 1768-70 {PD}
We often picture the patriot silversmith, Paul Revere, as a lone rider who yelled, “The British are coming!” to warn the colonists. Since all of them would still be considered British citizens, Revere likely called out something more such as, “The Regulars are coming!” to refer to the red-coated troops. 

And did Revere ride alone? No, in fact two other men, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, accompanied him on his ride. While Revere was detained near Lexington, Prescott finished the ride in Concord.

Thomas Jefferson, official presidential portrait
by Rembrandt Peale, 1800, {PD}

What about the statement of “separation of church and state?” Was this statement part of the Constitution of the United States? Actually, no! Thomas Jefferson was communicating the point of the federal government not having the right to establish a church (religion) or prohibit the exercise of religion in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association.  

John Hanson, President of the Continental
Congress, c. 1770, {PD}
David Barton of Wallbuilders in his study of the Founding Fathers and their writings determined that the word religions referred to the different Christian denominations. And unlike England, where the government had established the Church of England as the national religion, the United States government was to allow freedom for the individual to choose their own denomination. At the time, though, some states did have their own declared denomination.

John Turnbull's painting of the drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence
presenting their work to Congress, 1819, {PD}
We accept George Washington as the first president of the United States, but did you know that another man held the office for a brief time before Washington? After the Articles of Confederation were ratified, a president was elected in November, 1781 for a one-year presidential term. The man elected was John Hanson, a patriot and politician from Maryland. George Washington was the first president elected after the United States Constitution took effect in 1789. So who was the first president of the United States? You decide!

For more interesting facts surrounding the time of the Revolutionary War, check out these websites:  

Kathleen Rouser is the author of Rumors and Promises, her first novel about the people of fictional Stone Creek, Michigan, and the novella, The Pocket Watch. She is a longtime member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Kathleen has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could even read. She longs to create characters who resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. She lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of 35 years, and the sassy tail-less cat who found a home in their empty nest. Connect with Kathleen on her website at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @KathleenRouser.


  1. Isn't it always true that there's always a little more truth to be learned? Thanks for the informative post!

    1. Definitely, Connie! I appreciate your insight! :)

  2. We've been watching the series "TURN" set during the Revolutionary War and I've been struck anew by the sacrifices made by the patriots ... and by how heartbreaking a time it was for families with divided loyalties.

    1. I've seen ads for that show. So you are enjoying it? I agree, they
      did make many sacrifices. And I wonder if I'd been in their shoes
      would I have been capable of doing the same? Only by the grace
      of God, I'm sure. Divided loyalties were surely tough. Thank you
      for sharing, Stephanie.

  3. Interesting stuff! I knew about some of these. Don't you think that picture of Paul Revere looks like Bob Hope? :)

    1. So that's who he reminds me of, Vickie! I kept thinking he looked
      ike someone familiar in that portrait. So funny! Thanks for
      pointing that out.

  4. So many littled tidbits that goes unnoticed by many. I knew more about this period by reading historical fiction. Thank you for sharing, Kathleen.

    1. You're welcome, Marilyn. And there are many more for sure. I so
      appreciate your stopping by and sharing your thoughts.