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). But it wasn’t just Washington and that’s how this Nathanael Greene lesson was born.
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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. Nathanael 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.
Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution lesson
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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.
I was going to add in a LEGO history lesson to go with this, but apparently, I have exactly two pictures when I turned it into a LEGO lesson, which really is not enough to tell a story. Maybe someday a future Ticia might complete that entire lesson.
Learn more about the American Revolution
I’ve got an entire American Revolution unit. But here are the posts I want to particularly point out: