America's Forgotten Founding Father: A Novel Based on the Life of Filippo Mazzei

America's Forgotten Founding Father: A Novel Based on the Life of Filippo Mazzei

by Rosanne Welch
America's Forgotten Founding Father: A Novel Based on the Life of Filippo Mazzei

America's Forgotten Founding Father: A Novel Based on the Life of Filippo Mazzei

by Rosanne Welch



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His loyalty lasted a lifetime…


Surgeon, merchant, vintner, and writer Filippo Mazzei influenced American business, politics, and philosophy. Befriending Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Mazzei was a strong liaison for others in Europe. Mazzei was Jefferson's inspiration for the most famous line in the Declaration of Independence: "All men are created equal."


Clearly, Mazzei had a gift of language and often used his words to share his ideas about religious freedom. Mazzei encouraged other Italians still living overseas to join him in a country rich with opportunity and promise. Often, when returning from Italy, he booked passages on ships for people who desired to travel to America and employed them on his estate—just to ensure a better, more fruitful life for everyone. During those travels, Mazzei found himself at the center of many fights for freedom.


He was truly a friend to freedom around the world.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155409274
Publisher: Mentoris Project
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 838,697
File size: 360 KB

About the Author

Rosanne Welch is a writer, producer and university professor with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, Touched by an Angel, and ABC NEWS/Nightline. Other books include Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture (McFarland, 2017) and Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017). Welch has also published chapters in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I. B.Tauris) and The American Civil War on Film and TV: Blue and Gray in Black and White and Color (Lexington Books, 2018), and an essay in Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology. By day she teaches courses on the history of screenwriting and on television writing for the Stephens College MFA in screenwriting programs. Her talk The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room at the 2016 TEDxCPP can be viewed at https: //

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Family First and Foremost

Chapter Two: Friends (and Lovers) at School

Chapter Three: On His Own Yet Never Alone

Chapter Four: Travels in Turkey

Chapter Five: A New Life in London

Chapter Six: Italy and the Inquisition

Chapter Seven: Befriending Franklin and Building a Fortune

Chapter Eight: Befriending Jefferson in Virginia and Building a “Society to Our Taste”

Chapter Nine: Founding a Farm and Fomenting Rebellion

Chapter Ten: Elected to Represent His New Country

Chapter Eleven: Feet on the Ground to Stand Their Ground

Chapter Twelve: Defending Virginia with All They Had to Offer

Chapter Thirteen: Wartime Travels and Travails

Chapter Fourteen: Representing His New Country in France

Chapter Fifteen: Finding Friends and Family in Italy

Chapter Sixteen: Returning to His Adopted Country

Chapter Seventeen: With Jefferson in Europe

Chapter Eighteen: Alone in Europe on the Eve of Change

Chapter Nineteen: True Love at Last


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