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Vermont’s rebellious folk hero: Ethan Allen

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Little is known of founding father Ethan Allen beyond his bold predawn attack on Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution. But the roots of this fire­­brand’s leadership extend deep below his exploits with the Green Mountain Boys, his band of Vermont volunteers. Executive Leadership is pleased to welcome Ethan Allen:

EL: What is the driving force behind your leadership?

Allen: Ever since I reached manhood, I have felt such a passion for liberty that the tyrant’s attempt to enslave America thoroughly electrified my mind and fully determined me to take part with my country.

EL: You seem to have a particular talent for inspiring others. How do you do it?

Allen: I do not coerce them but allow them to choose their path freely. The boys themselves made a choice between valor as the first heroes of the Revolution, and risk of capture and deportation to England.

EL: What did you tell them?

Allen: “Friends and fellow soldiers,...(register to read more)

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Warren Crocker Herrick December 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Sounds like Ethan Allen was a strong conservative who would be opposed to the kind of tyrannical big government we have today.

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