I had a whole post on what we don't know about American Independence, but alas, I deleted the wrong file. In a nutshell it was a "Did You Know" piece...
1. The Boston Tea Party was so popular, Maryland, South Carolina and New York repeated the event.
2. Paul Revere did not ride alone yelling, "The British Are Coming! The British are Coming!" Revere rode with William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, who were eventually joined by 40 other patriots. The whole thing was kept quiet as Revere was warned to be careful who he spoke to about his plan.
3. American Patriots were more than white guys in powdered wigs. Native Americans in New England fought alongside the Colonists, while African-Americans fought side by side with white soldiers and earned the same pay. Women were cooks, laundresses, nurses, spies and couriers. When Margaret Corbin's husband was shot dead, she stepped in to man his cannon. She was the first woman to receive full military honors and was buried at West Point.
There was more but that's all my hot, tired brain can remember.
Americans come from hardy stock who have tried, and sometimes failed, to make our country a better place. The key is we never give up trying to do better...no matter what the obstacles. We're still trying. So on the 4th of July I will salute those who have worked so hard to make the world a better place...and ignore those who can't see past inflated ego.