Every large or small community both of civilized and barbarous men has its traditional heroes. The memory of some one person or other who in his time stood out sharply from his fellows is preserved by them in tradition or by the written word often with fantastic embellishments of his person or his acts.
Here in the United States of America, we have once again celebrated the 4th of July; a date when we declared our intention of constructing a free state from English colonies. In the Middle East, freedom declarations have and are happening in modern times.
History's written from what can be found.
We Americans know too little of the doings of the people of past generations who lived their lives in our several localities. Since the 1600s, pioneers from Europe selected land for their farms and bore the hardships of an isolated and primitive life with the wild beasts always and the Indians often as enemies. From 1775 to 1783, they fought a war with their kinsmen across the seas to establish their right to live their own lives in their own way without interference from the homeland. They made a new government that has served as a model for the entire world since.
This knowledge is vague enough with most of us but it is so generally diffused that it unifies the country in the consciousness of a common origin, a common surmounting of dangers and a common destiny. It makes for a patriotic citizenry.
When this knowledge is supplemented by adequate information concerning the history of country, state and their subdivisions down to the story of the neighborhood’s traditional hero, the patriotic reaction is deeper; resulting from the knowledge of these old time individuals’ doings that have a far-reaching effect on posterity for different reasons.
A new book, "Frontiersmen of the Adirondacks," tells us more about the people like Lincoln, Jackson and Johnson who were born in log houses and were the earliest ancestors that settled here and won our freedom.
Source: Cyrus Durey: Frontiersmen of the Adirondacks: Economic Development in Early North America ($1.99 Kindle ebook)