First Founding Father
Before Washington, before Jefferson, before Franklin or John Adams, there was Lee--Richard Henry Lee, the First Founding FatherRichard Henry Lee was first to call for independence, first to call for union, 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, action-packed biography, First Founding Father will startle most Americans with the revelation that many historians have ignored for more than two centuries: Richard Henry Lee, not Thomas Jefferson, was the author of America's original Declaration of Independence.

First Founding Father Details

TitleFirst Founding Father
Author
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherDa Capo Press
ISBN-139780306825613
Rating
GenreHistory, Biography, Politics

First Founding Father Review

  • Matt Deets
    January 1, 1970
    Very quick and enjoyable read of a founding father mentioned but not in depth in most history books. As always Unger's narrative is excellent and he really brings the characters to life but this particular book seemed a little more rushed than previous works I've read. It could possibly be from a lack of credible information on Lee in comparison to the likes of Washington, Lafayette or Monroe but nonetheless, certain parts of the book seemed rushed. Either way I strongly recommend it to anyone w Very quick and enjoyable read of a founding father mentioned but not in depth in most history books. As always Unger's narrative is excellent and he really brings the characters to life but this particular book seemed a little more rushed than previous works I've read. It could possibly be from a lack of credible information on Lee in comparison to the likes of Washington, Lafayette or Monroe but nonetheless, certain parts of the book seemed rushed. Either way I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves the period's history and wants to learn more about a lesser mentioned but most definitely not a less influential player in the revolution.
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