Posted by Masakim on September 08, 2001
In Reply to: Shot heard around the world? posted by Chris on September 06, 2001
: The "shot heard around the world" refers to the battle at Lexington and Concord that started the Revolutionary War. When we won our independence, we became the first democracy in modern times (all other counties at that time were either monarchies or colonies of monarchies).
Nobody quoted Emerson's poem, so here is:
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flags to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Concord Hymn"