The Truth Of "Paul Revere's Ride"

Jill Lepore sets the record straight about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, first published in The Atlantic Monthly in January 1861:

That Longfellow has been neglected, and relegated to the domestic, the maternal, and the juvenile, means that he was never subjected to the scrutiny of New Historicists, either. If he had been, they might have picked up on something strange about “Paul Revere’s Ride,” which is that one way of reading it is as a poem less about liberty and Paul Revere, and more about slavery and John Brown.