A gripping, quakers, and war veteransninety percent of americans could not vote and did not enjoy rights to life, liberty, African Americans, or the pursuit of happiness when our Founding Fathers proclaimed, Roman Catholics, Jews, often startling biography of the Founding Father of an America that other Founding Fathers forgot--an America of women, indentured workers, the poor, the mentally ill, "all men are created equal.
Alone among those who signed the declaration of Independence, Benjamin Rush heard the cries of those other, deprived Americans and stepped forth as the nation's first great humanitarian and social reformer. Remembered primarily as america's leading, rush led the founding fathers in calling for abolition of slavery, slum clearance, prison reform, humane treatment and therapy for the mentally ill, free universal public education, most influential physician, free health care for the poor, equal rights for women, an end to child labor, citywide sanitation, improved medical care for injured troops, and an end to capital punishment.
Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding FatherBenjamin Rush has been undeservedly forgotten. Benjamin rush had signed the declaration of independence, edited Common Sense, and become John Adams’s confidant, toured Europe as Benjamin Franklin’s protégé, and was soon to be appointed Washington’s surgeon general. A superb biography. Brain Pickings.
. Fried portrays rush as a complex, flawed person and not just a list of accomplishments;. Had i read fried’s rush before the year’s end, it would have crowned my favorite books of 2018. The monumental life of benjamin rush, medical pioneer and one of our most provocative and unsung founding fathers finalist for the george WASHINGTON BOOK PRIZE • AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR By the time he was thirty, Dr.
A readable reassessment of Rush’s remarkable career. The wall street journal “An amazing life and a fascinating book. Cbs this morning“fried makes the case, in this comprehensive and fascinating biography, that renaissance man Benjamin Rush merits more attention.
Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost HeroWarren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in the Boston area for a decade, from the Stamp Act protests to the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, and his incendiary writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence.
. Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence. Christian di spigna’s definitive new biography of Warren is a loving work of historical excavation, the product of two decades of research and scores of newly unearthed primary-source documents that have given us this forgotten Founding Father anew.
Joseph warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, and a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. Following warren from his farming childhood and years at harvard through his professional success and political radicalization to his role in sparking the rebellion, judicious retelling not only restores Warren to his rightful place in the pantheon of Revolutionary greats, Di Spigna’s thoughtful, it deepens our understanding of the nation’s dramatic beginnings.
A rich and illuminating biography of america’s forgotten founding Father, the patriot physician and major general who fomented rebellion and died heroically at the battle of Bunker Hill on the brink of revolutionLittle has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr.
First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to IndependenceBefore washington, first to call for union, before franklin or john adams, the First Founding FatherRichard Henry Lee was first to call for independence, before Jefferson, there was Lee--Richard Henry Lee, and first to call for a bill of rights to protect Americans against government tyranny. A towering figure in america's revolutionary war, Lee was as much the "father of our country" as George Washington, for it was Lee who secured the political and diplomatic victories that ensured Washington's military victories.
Lee was critical in holding Congress together at a time when many members sought to surrender or flee the approach of British troops. Risking death on the gallows for defying British rule, Lee charged into battle himself to prevent British landings along the Virginia coast--despite losing most of his left hand in an explosion.
A stirring, first founding father will startle most americans with the revelation that many historians have ignored for more than two centuries: Richard Henry Lee, action-packed biography, not Thomas Jefferson, was the author of America's original Declaration of Independence.
Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American GiantsDaniel webster of massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. South carolina's john calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. Together these heirs of washington, jefferson and Adams took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency and set themselves the task of finishing the work the Founders had left undone.
But, by that point, they had never been further apart. Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. Then, when california moved to join the union as a free state, in 1850, "the immortal trio" had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. Their rise was marked by dramatic duels, fierce debates, scandal and political betrayal.
W. W. Brands narrates an epic American rivalry and the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy. From new york Times bestselling historian H. Henry clay of kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. They wrestled with these issues for four decades, arguing bitterly and hammering out political compromises that held the Union together, but only just.
Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American IndependenceAmong them were government subsidies for the poor, pre- and post-natal care for women, universal housing and education, and universal social security. An englishman who emigrated to the american colonies, and James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, he formed close friendships with Benjamin Franklin, and his ideas helped shape the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.
Thomas paine's words were like no others in history: they leaped off the page, their governments, their kings, inspiring readers to change their lives, and even their gods. However, the world turned against Paine in his later years. While his earlier works, common sense and Rights of Man, attacked the political and social status quo here on earth, The Age of Reason attacked the status quo of the hereafter.
. Former friends shunned him, and the man America had hailed as the muse of the American Revolution died alone and forgotten. From new york times bestselling author and founding fathers' biographer Harlow Giles Unger comes the astonishing biography of the man whose pen set America ablaze, inspiring its revolution, and whose ideas about reason and religion continue to try men's souls.
Packed with action and intrigue, politics and perfidy, soldiers and spies, Unger's Thomas Paine is a much-needed new look at a defining figure. The most widely read political writer of his generation, he proved to be more than a century ahead of his time, conceiving and demanding unheard-of social reforms that are now integral elements of modern republican societies.
In an age when spoken and written words were the only forms of communication, Paine's aroused men to action like no one else.
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown The American Revolution SeriesRecognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake—fought without a single American ship—made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability. In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy.
But coordinating his army's movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, 1781, on September 5, the impossible happened. He succeeds, marvelously. The new york times book reviewthe thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower.
In the concluding volume of his acclaimed American Revolution series, Nathaniel Philbrick tells the thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War. New york times bestseller"nathaniel Philbrick is a masterly storyteller. Here he seeks to elevate the naval battles between the French and British to a central place in the history of the American Revolution.
A riveting and wide-ranging story, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, full of dramatic, on Washington and the sea.
John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme CourtHe would hold the post for 34 years still a record, expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the supreme Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. In john marshall, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America's greatest judge and the world he made.
Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, established the Supreme Court's right to rebuke Congress or the president, and slaves, scoundrels, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, Native Americans, and unleashed the power of American commerce. The life of john marshall, Founding Father and America's premier chief justice.
After he died, it could never be ignored again. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life. In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth chief justice of the United States.
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal WestThey and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, no guarantees of any sort, no roads or bridges, wolves and bears, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. A massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement.
Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough’s signature narrative energy.
1 new york times bestseller pulitzer prize–winning historian david mccullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story—the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.
As part of the treaty of paris, illinois, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Michigan, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Indiana, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, and Wisconsin. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam.
Included in the northwest ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, and most importantly, free universal education, the prohibition of slavery. Like so many of mccullough’s subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them.
Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and EuropeAs founding fathers, they risked their lives for American independence, but they also wanted more. Ultimately, each rejoiced at the opportunity to be a part of the French Revolution, a cause that became untenable as idealism gave way to the bloody Terror. Apostles of revolution spans a crucial period in western Civilization ranging from the American insurgency against Great Britain to the Declaration of Independence, from desperate engagements on American battlefields to the threat posed to the ideals of the Revolution by the Federalist Party.
Written as a sweeping narrative of a pivotal epoch, Apostles of Revolution captures the turbulent spirit of the times and the personal dangers experienced by Jefferson, Paine, and Monroe. Each wished for profound changes in the political and social fabric of pre-1776 America and hoped that the American Revolution would spark republican and egalitarian revolutions throughout Europe, sweeping away the old monarchical order.
From acclaimed historian john ferling, thomas Paine, the story of how Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe championed the most radical ideas of the American and French Revolutions. Thomas jefferson, thomas paine, and James Monroe were in the vanguard of revolutionary ideas in the 18th century. With the french revolution devolving into anarchy in the background, the era culminates with the “Revolution of 1800, ” Jefferson's election as president.
The pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Hardcover - May 7, 2019. It reminds us that the liberty we take for granted is ours only because we, both champions and common citizens, have fought for it.
American Dialogue: The Founders and UsThrough these juxtapositions--and in his hallmark dramatic and compelling narrative voice--Ellis illuminates the obstacles and pitfalls paralyzing contemporary discussions of these fundamentally important issues. He discusses jefferson and the issue of racism, Adams and the specter of economic inequality, Washington and American imperialism, Madison and the doctrine of original intent.
The pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Hardcover - May 7, 2019. The award-winning author of founding brothers and the quartet now gives us a deeply insightful examination of the relevance of the views of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams to some of the most divisive issues in America today.
The story of history is a ceaseless conversation between past and present, and in American Dialogue Joseph J. Ellis focuses the conversation on the often-asked question "what would the Founding Fathers think?" He examines four of our most seminal historical figures through the prism of particular topics, in turn, using the perspective of the present to shed light on their views and, to make clear how their now centuries-old ideas illuminate the disturbing impasse of today's political conflicts.