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Before Washington, before Jefferson, before Franklin or John Adams, there was LeeRichard Henry Lee, the First Founding Father
Richard Henry Lee was first to call for independence, first to call for union, and first to call for a bill of rights to protect Americans against government tyranny. A towering figure in America's Revolutionary War, Lee was as much the "father of our country" as George Washington, for it was Lee who secured the political and diplomatic victories that ensured Washington's military victories. Lee was critical in holding Congress together at a time when many members sought to surrender or flee the approach of British troops. Risking death on the gallows for defying British rule, Lee charged into battle himself to prevent British landings along the Virginia coastdespite losing most of his left hand in an explosion.
A stirring, action-packed biography, First Founding Father will startle most Americans with the revelation that many historians have ignored for more than two centuries: Richard Henry Lee, not Thomas Jefferson, was the author of America's original Declaration of Independence.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Acclaimed historian Harlow Giles Unger is a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Named one of the nation's premier presidential biographers for his biography of James Monroe (The Last Founding Father), Mr. Unger is the author of twenty-four books, including eleven biographies of America's Founders and three histories of the early Republic.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations xi
Chapter 1 Evolution of a Dynasty 5
Chapter 2 Egyptian Bondage 31
Chapter 3 No Liberty, No King! 53
Chapter 4 Poet, Playwright, Watchmaker, Spy 75
Chapter 5 An Indispensable Necessity 91
Chapter 6 The Enemy of Everything Good 113
Chapter 7 A Most Bloody Battle 133
Chapter 8 To Discard General Washington 157
Chapter 9 President Richard Henry Lee 177
Chapter 10 Riots and Mobbish Proceedings 193
Chapter 11 The Farmer and the Federalist 213
Chapter 12 His Majesty the President 237
Appendix A The Leedstown, or Westmoreland, Resolves 265
Appendix B The Signers and the Declaration 269