Not Your Father's Founders: An "Amended" Look at America's First Patriots

Not Your Father's Founders: An "Amended" Look at America's First Patriots

Arthur G. Sharp

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 144054011X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The founding fathers reframed! Tired of reading about stiff, snooze-worthy revolutionary rebels? How about lackluster wars and mind-numbing laws? Not Your Father's Founders breathes life back into history with dynamic profiles of the politicos, wartime heroes, and lesser-known but equally important players who built this nation. Featuring hundreds of strange details and quirky stories, you'll love learning all about the thinkers, doers, and maintainers who spearheaded the rebellion. This re-read of American history will also keep you on your toes with entertaining facts, quotations, and revelations. For example, Samuel Adams' father was a merchant and brewer. Young Samuel worked for a while at the family brewery, but he did not have the head for it or business in general. The birth of our nation was anything but dull and Not Your Father's Founders pays proper tribute to our country's creators with entertaining tales you'll never forget.

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were responsible for inciting public sentiment against the British government. The handbill included Hancock’s name. Hancock was reelected to the Provincial Congress and selected as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. His activities set him even more firmly in the sights of the occupying British forces. General Thomas Gage ordered the seizure of the Boston Safety Committee’s munitions. The stage for war was set. REVOLUTIONARY REVELATIONS Hancock was so busy that he postponed his

reconciliation between the two leaders ended. Dunmore returned to England in July 1776. He retained his title, but his authority left the colonies with him. A Statesman, Not a Soldier Henry had a brief military career during the Revolutionary War, but he never served in the field. Since he did not have any significant military experience, that was probably a good thing. His peers were sure he would be more valuable as a statesman. Henry served as Virginia’s governor from 1776 to 1779, and

treaty; others roundly protested against President Washington for signing it. It was not Jay’s finest moment. FEDERAL FACTS The Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation that Jay negotiated had two major impacts on American politics. It led to the formation of political parties and established the precedent by which only the Senate could approve treaties. After Congress ratified the treaty, Americans formed angry mobs and accused senators of signing a “death warrant to America’s liberties.” The

—EDITORIAL IN THE CONNECTICUT COURANT, COMMENTING ON WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THOMAS JEFFERSON WON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 1800 When John Adams turned over the presidency to Thomas Jefferson in 1801, it marked the first peaceful transfer of authority from one party to another in the history of the United States. Jefferson assumed the presidency at a crucial time for the United States. France and Britain were at war again, and one of Jefferson’s primary goals was to keep the United States out

Although Lee had never set foot in Massachusetts, he represented the province in England. Consequently, Samuel Adams kept him apprised of events in Massachusetts. Lee struck up a friendship with a French playwright named Pierre Augustin Caron, who wrote under the name of Beaumarchais. Caron was a secret agent for the French monarchy and arms supplier to the Americans during their rebellion. On June 12, 1775, Beaumarchais advised Lee in a letter that he was forming a company to “send help to your

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