April Morning - April Morning Howard Fast What was it like to be a young man in the midst of war What defines a man What was it like to pull the trigger

April Morning - April Morning Howard Fast What was it like...

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April MorningHoward Fast
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What was it like to be a young man in the midst of war? What defines a man? What was it like to pull the trigger on a gun while aiming for another man? What was it like for a boy to lose his father, yet grow up that same day? In April Morning, Howard Fast describes the boy who is the answer to all these questions. So join me as we explore the significant world of Adam Cooper.Adam Cooper, the answer to the previously stated questions, became a man in a single day. Previously he was a carefree kid, but he became a man for one reason; he became a man to lay bare the principle that boys may enter into responsible manhood when they are required to beloyal, loving, and courageous. This is the underlying theme in April Morning, and I will walk us through why Adam Cooper is the answer. First, we must understand what happened April, 1775.Our first glimpse of Adam is not a pleasant one. Adam is fifteen years old and lives with his family in Lexington. But he is constantly at odds and ends with his family members. He especially does not look up to his father Moses Cooper, who is the head of the committee men ofLexington. There are only a few people he gets along with, including his “lassie” (girlfriend) Ruth Simmons and some of the committee men. The committee men, whom Moses Cooper led, were American Colonists who protested against the British and are an organization. About a hundred committee men, including Moses and Adam Cooper, met together on the Lexington common at 3:00 in the crisp early morning. They held their guns and appeared prepared for battle, although, in truth, they were not prepared. There was threat of a British army marching through Lexington on their way to Concord. The committee men intended to talk to theBritish and reason with them with no intent of using their guns; they carried them simply in the hopes that the British might respect the committee men when armed than if they were unarmed.
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The British showed up a few cold hours later on the Lexington common. Moments upon arriving, somebody fired the legendary shot heard around the world, and the British opened fire on the committee men, killing a few of the committee men as well as Adam’s father. The committee ran away and fled; no one had suspected that the British might actually try to kill them. Adam fled and ran out to the country side. There, he providentially met up with more committee men, including many who also fled the battle of Lexington. A few of those committeemen, especially the Reverend, helped Adam to cope with all the transpired events by talking withhim or praying. So when the committee men marched up to Concord and mustered their full strength, Adam was with them. The British marched into Concord and then tried to turn around, but hundreds of rallied committee men were already waiting for the British.
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