A few years ago when listening to the History of Rome podcast he mentioned all of early Roman history has been simplified down to, “Who started this military or cultural idea? Romulus. Who started this religious idea? Other Roman whose name I’m not remembering offhand.” He wondered how long before the American history is similarly simplified. Who started the American Revolution? George Washington. Who won all the major battles? George Washington. Who created our government? George Washington.
With not a word or sound being said about any of the other people who struggled, lost their lives, their health, and their fortunes to make this country what it is. Nathaniel Greene is one of those heroes who is already falling sway to this. I didn’t know who he was when I saw his name on a list of famous people from Rhode Island. But this became our new history lesson in the middle of our geography lesson.
I did what I always did with things like this I went to my library. But it let me down. My library had NOTHING on him. Or nothing that is age appropriate, so I made something up.
I took no pictures of us working on this because I was busy reading, and it would just be pictures of heads looking down. But, I have a nifty printable, and a short Lego battle totally unrelated to him to share with you:
Nathaniel Greene Rhode Island
The Battle of Fort Ticonderoga as enacted by Legos!
The British soldiers thought they were safe in their fort, so they all went to sleep in their beds. Or bent over like they are bowing because that amused my boys.
Then came a scene of general carnage and destruction so horrible no pictures could be taken. Or if you followed the real history they looted the cannons and took them down to Boston through an amazing feat of engineering.
Oh, I forgot to say. I’m linking this up to All Things Beautiful and their geography/history linkie.