Richard Henry Lee Of Virginia

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Richard Henry Lee played a pivotal role during the American Revolution, yet he remains one of the most misunderstood revolutionaries. His contemporaries, as well as modern historians, deemed him a political opportunist or dismissed him as an enigma. In bridging the gap between Lee's private interests and public career, J. Kent McGaughy seeks to overturn many of the misconceptions about Lee and shows that, throughout his life, he remained dedicated to his family and public service. By separating fact from fiction ...

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Richard Henry Lee of Virginia: A Portrait of an American Revolutionary

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Overview

Richard Henry Lee played a pivotal role during the American Revolution, yet he remains one of the most misunderstood revolutionaries. His contemporaries, as well as modern historians, deemed him a political opportunist or dismissed him as an enigma. In bridging the gap between Lee's private interests and public career, J. Kent McGaughy seeks to overturn many of the misconceptions about Lee and shows that, throughout his life, he remained dedicated to his family and public service. By separating fact from fiction and unraveling the history of Lee's life and the times in which he lived, J. Kent McGaughy brings to light not only the truth about Lee, but also the hidden history of the American Revolution.

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Journal Of Southern History
J. Kent McGaughy has fashioned a highly readable and informative account of the life of Richard Henry Lee. In this concise biography Lee is depicted as a conservative, pragmatic agent for many of the changes that helped create the American Revolution and form the early republic. . . .with his persuasive use of primary resources, McGaughy does a fine job of dispelling many earlier historian's pejorative assessments of Lee.
The Journal of Southern History
J. Kent McGaughy has fashioned a highly readable and informative account of the life of Richard Henry Lee. In this concise biography Lee is depicted as a conservative, pragmatic agent for many of the changes that helped create the American Revolution and form the early republic. . . .with his persuasive use of primary resources, McGaughy does a fine job of dispelling many earlier historian's pejorative assessments of Lee.
Philip L. White
Kent McGaughy does good historical detective work. He established some years ago that Richard Henry Lee was not the author of the 'Letters from the Federal Farmer' attributed to him by generations of leading American historians. In this volume he persuades readers that Lee deserves higher ranking among the astounding generation of this nation's founding fathers than most historians have accorded him.
The Journal Of Southern History
J. Kent McGaughy has fashioned a highly readable and informative account of the life of Richard Henry Lee. In this concise biography Lee is depicted as a conservative, pragmatic agent for many of the changes that helped create the American Revolution and form the early republic. . . .with his persuasive use of primary resources, McGaughy does a fine job of dispelling many earlier historian's pejorative assessments of Lee.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742533844
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition number: 272
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Kent McGaughy is instructor of history at Houston Community College, Northwest.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Prologue: "We Cannot Do Without You" Chapter 2 A Virginia Dynasty Chapter 3 Richard Henry Lee, Esquire Chapter 4 Chantilly-on-the-Potomac Chapter 5 The Making of a Radical Chapter 6 The Decision for American Independence Chapter 7 Business and Politics Chapter 8 Defending the Potomac Chapter 9 "Mr. President" Chapter 10 "Killing Ourselves for Fear of Dying": The Debate over the Federal Constitution Chapter 11 The Honorable Senator from Virginia Chapter 12 Twilight Chapter 13 Epilogue: Legacies

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