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Sun Jul 5, 2020, 07:16 PM

"Pulling down statues? It's a tradition...."

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/07/pulling-down-statues-tradition-dates-back-united-states-independence/


The most dramatic act took place in New York City on July 9, 1776. Early that evening, General George Washington and his troops, along with hundreds of citizens, crowded into what is now City Hall Park to hear a reading of the document that had just arrived from Philadelphia. The enthusiastic throng then headed for Broadway and the two-ton equestrian statue of King George III on Bowling Green.

This was the same route protestors took in 1765 when New Yorkers demonstrated against the Stamp Act taxing a host of goods. The following year, the colony’s assembly commissioned the statue in recognition of the king’s support in repealing the despised legislation. Modeled on the classical equestrian sculpture of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, it arrived from London in 1770 and was erected with great pomp. When John Adams paid his first visit to New York in 1774, he wrote to his wife Abigail that the king’s statue was “very large, of solid lead, gilded with gold, standing on a pedestal of marble very high.”

Two years later, fervent New Yorkers, with the help of Washington’s soldiers, quickly pulled it from its plinth and broke it into pieces. Much of the lead was shipped to Connecticut and melted down to make 42,008 bullets. U.S. Postmaster Ebenezer Hazard wrote that the statue “has been pulled down to make musket ball of, so that his troops will probably have melted Majesty fired at them.”......


also interesting reading.....
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/07/toppling-statues-is-first-step-toward-ending-confederate-myths/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/confederate-monuments-fall-question-how-rewrite-history/

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handmade34 Jul 5 OP
Loki Liesmith Jul 5 #1
soothsayer Jul 5 #2
handmade34 Jul 5 #3
wnylib Jul 5 #4
soothsayer Jul 5 #5
wnylib Jul 6 #8
wnylib Jul 6 #9
eppur_se_muova Jul 5 #6
Igel Jul 6 #10
yellowcanine Jul 5 #7

Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 07:23 PM

1. Meh

Unless people are trying to foment an actual bloody revolution I wouldn’t recommend it.

If you don’t like a particular statue petition the government to take it down. If enough people agree you’ll get your way. And if they don’t...you won’t.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 07:23 PM

2. Now we'll never know who won the Revolutionary War.


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1776: After a reading of the Declaration of Independence, New Yorkers descended on Bowling Green and pulled down a statue of King George III.

Imagine those thugs destroying history. Now we’ll never know who won the Revolutionary War.

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 07:24 PM

3. ....

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 07:54 PM

4. Of course we won. Don't you

remember Benedict Donald's speech about how Washington's army attacked the British planes and destroyed their airports?

Don't remember the location or occasion. Might have been last year's 4th celebration. He really did say that.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #4)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 07:59 PM

5. Yes he did

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 12:41 AM

8. No bigger BSer in the history of the country.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 12:47 AM

9. I remember that Twitter

had a lot of fun with the airport claim.

One if by land, two if by sea, three if by air.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 10:25 PM

6. ...

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 10:01 AM

10. Which means that

George Washington was a dictator that set up the current authoritarian regime.

There's some good messaging.

It's one thing to say, "You know, they said a lot of good things, made some bad compromises, but had problems."

It's another thing to say that Hamilton was Hussein and that not only should we remove statues, but, I guess, anybody who admired him must be truly evil.

Well, there's one Puerto Rican totalitarian we'll be coming for when we finally have freedom and justice.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 10:27 PM

7. "his troops will probably have melted Majesty fired at them"

Old Ebenezer Hazard had a way with words.

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