As an American, you should be able to answer these four questions with ease:
When and where was the American Revolution won? The answer, direct from a founder, will surprise you…
Where did the Revolutionary War break out? Not one in a thousand Americans knows this.
Who fired the first shots on Lexington Common? Historians may not know, but we'll be glad to supply at least circumstantial proof.
Why did the Redcoats break and run at the North Bridge? When faced with rude country colonials…
In 2009, a survey of basic, adult knowledge of the American Revolution was commissioned by the American Revolution Center (a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public in the history and significance of the American Revolution).
The results were startling. Eighty-three percent of surveyed adults scored an average of forty-four percent – a failing score.
That is unacceptable, and it is something that Project Appleseed is seeking to fix!
While at the NRA 2013 Convention, I managed to sit down with Joshua and Michael “Scout” Adams from Project Appleseed and grab a quick interview.
I have been running into them at just about every survival expo that I have been to in the last couple of years, and I was ecstatic to finally get an interview with them.
If you are unfamiliar with Project Appleseed, please take a moment and listen to my interview with them and learn what this organization is teaching our country:
On April 19th, 1775, the British farmers, shopkeepers, lawyers, doctors, and craftsmen then living in the Colonies chose to face one of the world's most feared and best equipped Army in a dispute over their rights and privileges as Englishmen.
We can not forget WHY we chose our own path instead of having one of servitude laid out before us and we CAN NOT allow this knowledge to vacate the minds of our children.
Doing so will leave them vulnerable to the same tyranny that our forefathers fought and died to protect us from.
What is Project Appleseed?
Appleseed is a program that instructs Americans on the traditional rifle marksmanship skills that have been passed down from generation to generation, along with reconnecting today's Americans with the people and events of the Founding Era.
Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that allow a rifle to be accurate out to 500 yards, with iron sights, standard rifles, and surplus ammo.
This is the traditional ‘Rifleman's Quarter mile', which is a uniquely American Rifleman skill, that has been part of this nation from the very first days.
What's your real agenda?
We seek to do three things: teach marksmanship and respect for the tradition of such, and to preserve the knowledge of our Revolutionary War history.
That's all we're about, plain and simple. We believe that if we teach it, it'll wake our fellow Americans…and an awake America is an America that cannot be defeated. We want freedom to ring strong. We want Lady Liberty to be safe.
Is that all it's about? Learning to shoot?
No, and as a matter of fact, marksmanship is not the primary goal of Project Appleseed. We have a strong belief that many Americans today have forgotten the tremendous gift our Founding Fathers left us.
Too many of our neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers are inclined to sit on the couch and do nothing – they don't even vote, let alone keep tabs on their elected officials!
To us, the nation is like a ship in danger of sinking – sinking into a dark sea of civic irresponsibility. By reminding our fellow citizens of the great sacrifice of our forebears and what they left for Posterity, we hope to reawaken the sleeping American and encourage him or her to be more civic-minded.
We'll also teach you to shoot a rifle, like your forebears. But more than that, the veterans of the Revolutionary War want you to understand the necessity of getting others to an Appleseed and helping to bail on this sinking ship.
And we want you to do it stimulated, encouraged, and inspired by your attendance at one of our shoots. Because Appleseed means Hope – not only for America but for YOU.
Project Appleseed is a nonprofit organization and if this is something that you choose to support, feel free to show it by leaving a small donation by clicking here:
If you listen to the interview you will notice that “Scout” made an offer to all of the survival life members.
Let me know in the comments below if you would like to take him up on it.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 23, 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.