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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 September 26, 2009
This is an amazingly enlightening book reminding us of what our Founders really did and meant for us to follow. Some things I had forgotten and some I never knew. This book should be required reading in all of our schools for students to really understand who these people were and what it really meant to be here in the beginning of this great Nation of ours. These are true Patriots. It also shows us how little has changed in the "politics" involved in governing. Perhaps reading this book will light a torch illuminating our great Constitution once again and bringing us back to small government and states rights as it was and as it should be.
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Posted December 27, 2009
Learn the things they won't teach you in school and some of the things your elected officials hope you never learn about how our founding fathers felt the country should really be run. The book contains good references to additional books for those who want to dig deeper on certain topics. As a historical re-enactor and history buff I found excellent discussions and quotes I can use to engage the public that I encounterm who are too often misguieded or under educated on the policies and beliefs our country was founeded on.
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Posted August 29, 2009
Very good companion book for teaching history. I think that school libraries should have it. I also give the same recommendation for the rest of the series.
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Posted July 29, 2009
Brion McClanahan clearly knows his stuff.
Unfortunately he offers very little in the way of startling new information.
Marketing P.I.G as a book that provides information that competent historians would rather you didn't know is a provocative yet very misleading claim. The book reads more like a bad version of Monarch notes.
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