Houses of the Founding Fathers: The Men Who Made America and the Way They Lived

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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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When most of us think the homes of our Founding Fathers, our thoughts go reflexively to just two famous mansions: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and George Washington's Mount Vernon. Houses of the Founding Fathers broadens our view with photographic tours of forty 18th century houses once owned by the men and women who helped create our nation. Located in former colonies from Maine to Georgia, these varied abodes lend us a palpable sense of this surprising mix of merchants, farmers, landowners, and professional men who formed the nucleus of our independence movement. The color photography of Roger Straus III heightens our awareness of the everyday lives of leaders who changed ours.

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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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

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.”

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781579655105
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 626,851
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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. 

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