Episode Twelve: The Citizen-Soldier
The Minutemen of Lexington and Concord, the sharpshooters on both sides at Gettysburg, the “Greatest Generation” of WWII.
These were citizen-soldiers, a concept we take for granted now but that was revolutionary when it first appeared.
Who invented it?
The farmer-warriors of ancient Greece, who took down their spears and shields from over the fireplace and went off to fight.
If you and I value democracy and individual freedom, we can thank them.
They answered the call when it came … and returned home to their families when the emergency was over.