First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence by Harlow Giles Unger

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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 coast--despite 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.

Title : First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence
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ISBN : 0306825619
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Steve rated it ★★★★★

January 13, 2018

Richard Henry Lee, is as the author suggests, a somewhat forgotten man. It was Lee who proposed independence during the Second Continental Congress. His proposal eventually morphed into the Declaration of Independence a few Congressional discussions later. In many ways, he was the father of publi...

Matt rated it ★★★★☆

December 13, 2017

Very quick and enjoyable read of a founding father mentioned but not in depth in most history books. As always Unger's narrative is excellent and he really brings the characters to life but this particular book seemed a little more rushed than previous works I've read. It could possibly be from a...

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