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Yet how much do you really know about the Founding Fathers? And how much of what you "know" is actually myth perpetuated by leftist history professors who dismiss the Founders as wealthy, racist, sexist, dead-white-males whose principles deserve to be as dead as they are? In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, Dr. Brion McClanahan sets the record straight. He provides a neat summary history of America's founding documents, profiles all the leading Founders (and some unjustly neglected ones), ...
Yet how much do you really know about the Founding Fathers? And how much of what you "know" is actually myth perpetuated by leftist history professors who dismiss the Founders as wealthy, racist, sexist, dead-white-males whose principles deserve to be as dead as they are? In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, Dr. Brion McClanahan sets the record straight. He provides a neat summary history of America's founding documents, profiles all the leading Founders (and some unjustly neglected ones), and shows how they have better answers to today's problems than our politicians do.
Part I Myths, Realities, and the Issues of the Founding Generation
Chapter 1 The Myths 9
Myth: The Founding generation created a democracy
Myth: The Founding Fathers really believed everyone was equal
Myth: Slavery was a sin of the Southern founders
Myth: Paul Revere single-handedly warned the Boston countryside of the impending British invasion
Myth: Benjamin Franklin had thirteen to eighty illegitimate children!
Myth: Thomas Jefferson kept a concubine slave and fathered children with her!
Myth: Washington had an affair with his neighbor's wife!
Myth: Alexander Hamilton had a gay lover!
Chapter 2 A Conservative Revolution 29
The Declaration of Independence
Who's sovereign now?
"Experience must be our only guide"
"The public mind... is extremely uneasy at the proposed change of government"
Chapter 3 The Issues 49
Give me back my gun!
A godless society?
The states (and the people) are sovereign
A limited executive
Abolish the Fed!
A "president's" war?
"No Taxation without Representation!"
Who said that's unconstitutional?
John Adams is a war-mongering scoundrel!
Give me my welfare!
Part II The Men The Big Six
Chapter 4 George Washington 89
The first American hero
The last years
The Washington effect
Chapter 5 Thomas Jefferson 109
Diplomat and secretary of state
Retirement and vice president
The Jeffersonian tradition
Chapter 6 John Adams 127
The insecure president
Chapter 7 James Madison 141
"Father of the Constitution"
The Federal career
Death and legacy
Chapter 8 Alexander Hamilton 157
The best government the country will permit
Secretary of the Treasury
Retirement and duel
Chapter 9 Benjamin Franklin 173
The man in the fur cap
The grandfather of the Republic
The Forgotten Founders
Chapter 10 Samuel Adams 187
Chapter 11 Charles Carroll of Carrollton 199
Chapter 12 George Clinton 209
Vice President Clinton
A states' rights patriot
Chapter 13 John Dickinson 219
"Penman of the Revolution"
Chapter 14 Elbridge Gerry 229
The "self-serving" politician?
Gerry vs. Mason
Chapter 15 John Hancock 239
"Treasonous" John Hancock
Chapter 16 Patrick Henry 249
Chapter 17 Richard Henry Lee 259
Those who love liberty
Chapter 18 Nathaniel Macon 267
The Republican of Buck Spring
Chapter 19 Francis Marion 275
The Swamp Fox
The politically incorrect soldier
Chapter 20 John Marshall 285
The architect of big government
Chapter 21 George Mason 297
The "retired" revolutionary
"Objections to the Federal Constitution"
Chapter 22 Roger Sherman 309
The Connecticut Compromise
Chapter 23 John Taylor of Caroline 319
Conclusion: What the Founding Fathers Would Do 329
Posted November 25, 2012
This book is clearly read and should be required reading or listening for all high-school-aged children, American citizens, or anyone who would like to understand more about America's founding principals and the men who signed the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. I learned a lot from this book. It filled in the gaps of the history I learned in school. The book is so chock full of information that the hardcopy or Nook book would be better suited for research and reference.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.