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When they declared independence in Philadelphia in 1776, they changed the course of Western history. But the patriots—landowners, merchants, and professional men who hailed from towns, cities, and plantations scattered along the eastern seaboard—had private lives too, quite apart from the public deeds we know so well. In this breathtaking volume, historian Hugh Howard and photographer Roger Straus examine the everyday lives of the Founding Fathers. Houses of the Founding Fathers takes us on an ...
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When they declared independence in Philadelphia in 1776, they changed the course of Western history. But the patriots—landowners, merchants, and professional men who hailed from towns, cities, and plantations scattered along the eastern seaboard—had private lives too, quite apart from the public deeds we know so well. In this breathtaking volume, historian Hugh Howard and photographer Roger Straus examine the everyday lives of the Founding Fathers. Houses of the Founding Fathers takes us on an eye-opening tour of forty stately eighteenth-century houses. We see the mansions of such legendary figures as Jefferson, Washington, Adams, and Hamilton, along with the homes of many other signers of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. At sites from Maine to Georgia, with stops in each of the thirteen colonies, the grand story of the Revolution emerges from unique and individual domestic perspectives. Houses overlooking the sea, in busy townscapes, or atop mountains reveal these patriots’ tastes in architecture, furniture, and horticulture. There are tales of friends and enemies, murderous relatives, reluctant revolutionaries, adoring wives, and runaway servants. The founding families are brought to life in the rituals of birth and death, the food they ate, the archaic medical practices they endured, their household arrangements, and the way their slaves lived. 

Houses of the Founding Fathers offers a penetrating look at the private lives of the men whose ideas ignited an insurrection against England—and who helped create the modern world.
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Editorial Reviews

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A must-have library addition . . . if your interest in American history extends to architecture, brief biographies, and juicy domestic gossip.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Portsmouth [N.H.] Herald
“Could this book get any better?” —Portsmouth [N.H.] Herald
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A must-have library addition . . . if your interest in American history extends to architecture, brief biographies, and juicy domestic gossip.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Could this book get any better?” —Portsmouth [N.H.] Herald

The San Francisco Chronicle
"The 40 houses and 48 people profiled in this lushly illustrated coffee-table book provide a sense of place for the American Revolution. Hugh Howard's text peoples the bare rooms in the reader's mind, and Straus' photographs give the armchair traveler a good sense of what tourists experience, if not a complete historical accounting." —San Francisco Chronicle
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Howard (Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson: Rediscovering the Founding Fathers of American Architecture), a prolific and popular architecture writer specializing in Colonial and early American historic preservation, teams up with veteran architecture photographer Straus (Wright for Wright) to offer a sumptuously illustrated American history primer-cum-historic house tour. From stately Monticello to the more humble John Jay Homestead, Howard walks us through 40 18th-century houses that sheltered some 50 Founding Fathers, including many signers of the Declaration of Independence and key figures in the Revolutionary War and early republic. A pleasantly flowing text interweaves historic events, details of daily life, personal anecdotes, and architectural insights into descriptions of the homes built and occupied by the era's upper social stratum. An attractive but optional purchase for libraries, this handsome volume would make a welcome gift book for active history buffs-Howard appends a "Visitor Information" directory of the profiled houses, all of which have been restored or rebuilt and are open to the public.
—David Soltesz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579652753
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 11.25 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Straus III spent thirty years working in book publishing before leaving to devote himself full-time to photography. His work has been featured in ten books, including America’s Great Railroad Stations, and his latest book with Hugh Howard, Houses of the Presidents, will be published in October 2012 by Little Brown. He lives in North Salem, New York. 

Hugh Howard is the author of eleven books in the fields of history and architecture, most recently, Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War: American’s First Couple and the Second War of Independence. His next book with photographer Roger Straus III, Houses of the Presidents, will be published in October 2012 by Little Brown. He lives in East Chatham, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2007

    Richard Sallese

    I highly recommend this book to those who follow history and are interested in the American Republic. This book tells you about these great Americans that we read about how they lived, their true virtues and weaknesses. They were great American and yet they were not perfect. This is great reading and I highly recommend it you will further you knowlege of real people who did great things for this country

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