Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government

Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government

by Mike Lee


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Some of America’s most important founders have been erased from our history books. In the fight to restore the true meaning of the Constitution, their stories must be told.
In the earliest days of our nation, a handful of unsung heroes—including women, slaves, and an Iroquois chief—made crucial contributions to our republic. They pioneered the ideas that led to the Bill of Rights, the separation of powers, and the abolition of slavery. Yet, their faces haven’t been printed on our currency or carved into any cliffs. Instead, they were marginalized, silenced, or forgotten—sometimes by an accident of history, sometimes by design.
In the thick of the debates over the Constitution, some founders warned about the dangers of giving too much power to the central government. Though they did not win every battle, these anti-Federalists and their allies managed to insert a system of checks and balances to protect the people from an intrusive federal government. Other forgotten figures were not politicians themselves, but by their thoughts and actions influenced America’s story. Yet successive generations have forgotten their message, leading to the creation of a vast federal bureaucracy that our founders would not recognize and did not want.

Senator Mike Lee, one of the most consistent and impassioned opponents of an abusive federal government, tells the story of liberty’s forgotten heroes. In these pages, you’ll learn the true stories of founders such as...

• Aaron Burr who is depicted in the popular musical Hamilton and in history books as a villain, but in reality was a far more complicated figure who fought the abuse of executive power.

• Mercy Otis Warren, one of the most prominent female writers in the Revolution and a protégé of John Adams, who engaged in vigorous debates against the encroachment of federal power and ultimately broke with Adams over her fears of the Constitution.

• Canasatego, an Iroquois chief whose words taught Benjamin Franklin the basic principles behind the separation of powers.

The popular movement that swept Republicans into power in 2010 and 2016 was led by Americans who rediscovered the majesty of the Constitution and knew the stories of Hamilton, Madison, and Washington. But we should also know the names of the contrarians who argued against them and who have been written out of history. If we knew of the heroic fights of these lost founders, we’d never have ended up with a government too big, too powerful, and too unresponsive to its citizens. The good news is that it’s not too late to rememberand to return to our first principles. Restoring the memory of these lost individuals will strike a crippling blow against big government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399564468
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 121,628
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

SENATOR MIKE LEE (R-Utah) is a tireless advocate for constitutionally limited government. A former federal prosecutor and appellate litigator who previously worked as a law clerk to Supreme Court justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., he serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Commerce Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. He is also the chairman of the Senate Steering Committee. His previous books include Our Lost Constitution and The Freedom Agenda.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Hamilton Effect ix

Chapter 1 Aaron Burr and the Abuse of Executive Power 1

Chapter 2 Luther Martin: Sober Analysis from a Drunk Founder 23

Chapter 3 Mercy Otis Warren: The Woman Who Blocked an American King 46

Chapter 4 Join or Die: Canasatego, Ben Franklin, and the Confederacy in the Wilderness 68

Chapter 5 The Bill of Rights: Elbridge Gerry's "Dangerous" Idea 95

Chapter 6 Mum Bett: The Slave Who Claimed Her Rights 116

Chapter 7 James Otis and the Trial That Gave Us the Fourth Amendment 142

Chapter 8 George Mason: Defender of Individual and Economic Freedom 161

Conclusion: Writing Our Forgotten Founders Back into History 183

Acknowledgments 201

Notes 203

Index 223

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Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific book by Mr. Lee about how the United States Government has become unnecessarily big.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent in language a 10th grader could understand. Plus very entertaining.