Nathaniel Greene lesson
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 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 (yes, each of those George Washington links leads to a different history lesson).
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Is that already happening to the American Revolution?
Future Ticia here, when I first wrote this history lesson back in November of 2011, it was happening. Then the Hamilton musical became a phenomenon. It makes part of these next paragraphs not true, but only part.
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 United States 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.
Just learned his name is not spelled Nathaniel Greene, but Nathanael Greene
So, the problem is when searching, it’s spelled mostly Nathaniel Greene, but he personally preferred Nathanael Greene. I’m acknowledging the spelling, and in the printable have spelled it in his preferred spelling, but leaving it in the post for now.
Nathaniel Greene and the American Revolution lesson
I got most of my information from Wikipedia and used it to make my Nathanael Greene printable (moving over to the subscriber library in a few weeks) for this Nathaniel Greene lesson.
The Battle of New York (Long Island)
At the end of this battle America was in a fix. Nathanael Greene had an extreme solution, but it was further than our country was willing to go.
Nathaniel Greene’s contribution to the American Revolution
After fighting with Congress for quite a bit, Washington was finally able to put Nathaniel Greene as his second in command. Greene’s commands were key in the Southern front of the Revolutionary War.
I’m including this final video, that’s probably a junior high report on Nathanael Greene (notice I spelled it right there), because I appreciate the work this young man did on the work, and it’s a great example to show our kids.
Oh, I forgot to say. I’m linking this up to All Things Beautiful and their geography/history linkie.
That is pretty amazing that they took the canons back to Boston!
Raising a Happy Child says
I learned a lot of American history (and some Lego ideas) from this post!
This was great! We are reading The Fighting Quaker (historical fiction), and my children were wanting more information about this General. I can second that there is not enough information, much less child friendly. I found your blog while trying to find more on Gen. Greene.
My children are now working on Lego battles between Greene and the British. Thank you. I love seeing them make history come alive in Lego form.
Oh, and I LOVE your blog's name!