Info found: Gilsdorf takes readers through a detailed description of each Freedom Trail site in order; his use of description is excellent. I especially like the quote, "the Freedom Trail is neither a single site nor a swath of pristine land—it’s more of a march through time and place." Why this source is useful: I will use this article when speaking about the historical aspect of the Boston Freedom Trail. I like the idea of "time traveling" through the sites of the Trail, and this article helps bring that idea to life.
Info found: I was able to read part of this book. It gave me information about the meaning behind gravestone carvings/statues, as well as colonial burying practices. For instance, Boston Common is a great park. However, it was a hanging site in colonial times, and many people are buried under the park. Why this source is useful: This info will be used for the third main point of my speech (Copp's HIll Burying Ground). I will use it to help explain why there are so many people buried in such a small space and why gravestones are no longer linked with actual burying plots.
Info found: Even though it seems macabre, I enjoy cemeteries because of their historical natures. Copp's Hill Burying Ground is Boston’s largest colonial burying ground. Many colonially famous people are buried here, including Captain Daniel Malcolm, Increase Mather, and Cotton Mather. Why this is useful: This article helped explain the colonial importance of Copp's Hill. Since it was a strategic high point, the British also fired cannons from the land during the Battle of Bunker Hill. This source is useful because it helps me explain the significance of burial grounds.
Info found: I've known part of Henry Longfellow's poem since I was a child; it's a great story! However, I've learned that it's not historically accurate. This article showed me the truth of Paul Revere's midnight ride. Why this info is useful: Patrick Leehey is the Research Director at the Paul Revere House in Boston, so he definitely knows the true history of the ride. I will use this info during my portion about the historical aspect of the Trail. The story is part of our cultural history, even if it's not 100% accurate.