George Mason, Forgotten Founder

George Mason, Forgotten Founder

by Jeff Broadwater
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

George Mason, Forgotten FounderSee more details below

Overview

George Mason, Forgotten Founder

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A compelling case."
Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
Jonathan Yardley
Broadwater, who teaches history at Barton College in North Carolina, writes clear, unadorned prose and has an admirable ability to explain complex intellectual matters in terms the lay reader can understand. Because Mason left little evidence of his private life, there are blurred edges in the portrait that Broadwater paints, but overall this is an exemplary biography: sympathetic but dispassionate, thorough but not cluttered, convincing in its interpretations and arguments. It leaves no doubt that Mason deserves to be returned to the esteem and reputation he enjoyed during his lifetime, but in no way is it hagiography.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
One of the fruits of publishers' recent obsession with the founding fathers is a spate of books on lesser-known revolutionary figures-and none could be more welcome than this engrossing biography of George Mason (1725-1792). Until the late 1760s, Mason devoted himself principally to his Virginia plantation, his family and his health. But when Britain levied taxes on stamps and tea, he became a leader in the nonimportation movement, and as the Revolution unfolded, he emerged as one of Virginia's most important politicians, helping to raise a militia and drafting the influential Virginia Declaration of Rights and a state constitution. This biography's greatest strength is Broadwater's treatment of the post-Revolutionary years, specifically his nuanced discussion of Mason's role at the constitutional convention. Broadwater, associate professor of history at Barton College in North Carolina, shows that Mason's leadership at the convention shaped the Constitution and spells out the many factors that led to Mason's final refusal to sign it. Especially fascinating is Broadwater's speculations about Mason's relations with George Washington-the two men were neighbors, but Broadwater finds hints that at times their social relationship was strained. Broadwater's prose is vigorous and his assessment of Mason judicious; this biography is a standout. 9 illus., 1 map. (Oct. 2) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807830536
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
568,605
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.14(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Broadwater offers an insightful and elegantly written biography restoring George Mason, often dismissed as being an Anti-federalist obstructionist, to the pantheon of revolutionary-era leaders.—Journal of American History

Broadwater's excellent and thorough portrait testifies to the high regard in which Mason was held during his life and to the profound influence his thinking had on Americans and on the Constitution he did so much to create.—North Carolina Historical Review

A compelling case.—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

This engrossing biography['s]. . . . greatest strength is Broadwater's treatment of the post-Revolutionary years, specifically his nuanced discussion of Mason's role at the constitutional convention. . . . Broadwater's prose is vigorous and his assessment of Mason judicious; this biography is a standout.—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >