I decided to cover some American history in honor of American Independence and the Fourth of July holiday this week. Many history classes teach the basics of who, why, and when but they get lost along the way in life and forget. This is just a brief glimpse into a few of our founding fathers compliments of the book: American Revolutionaries and Founders of the Nation by James Meisner, Jr. and Amy Ruth. This book had zero reviews or written comments on Goodreads which had to be corrected by me of course…oh the responsibilities of a bookworm.
John Adams- Voice of Independence and 2nd President of the United States
Adams grew into fame after successfully defending the British soldiers accused of shooting unarmed civilians during the Boston Massacre. He helped edit the Declaration of Independence which was passed on July 2nd. The final Declaration was edited and debated for two days until July 4th. Adams thought the celebrations should be held on the 2nd ever year, but as we all know he did not win that battle. He is credited with moving the seat of government to Washington D.C.
Alexander Hamilton- Founding Federalist and Money Man
Hamilton is best known for his duel with Aaron Burr that ended his life. He was a special aide to Washington during the war that helped him make acquaintances and led to his appointment as Secretary of the Treasury. He set a plan to pay war wages and the mounting national debt. His plans were not favored by all and led to much debate. Scandal rocked his personal life leading to a decline in his public favor. He favored federal government over states and wrote more than half of the essays titled “The Federalist Papers.”
John Jay- Reluctant Revolutionary and Responsible Caretaker
Jay supported reconciliation with Great Britain until revolution became imminent. He was loyal to his family and state before the nation. A firm believer that family above all else should be at the heart of a man. He was the President of the Continental Congress, signed the Treaty of Paris and was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. I was hoping for more information but I may need to read a full biography to give you more insight.
Thomas Jefferson- Architect of Democracy
Jefferson is a controversial figure in American history. He was Secretary of State, writer of the Declaration of Independence and overseer of the Louisiana Purchase. His presidency was less formal than his predecessors, but significant progress was made as a nation. He was an avid reader and sold more than 6,000 of his books to the Library of Congress after it burned in the War of 1812. Instead of being remembered for writing the Declaration, Jefferson is most known for his controversial relationship with Sally Hemings, one of the slaves at Monticello.
Stay tuned for six more revolutionaries coming soon! Some you might not have heard about in history class. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend full of fireworks and fun! And for those in other countries, here is a quick picture to share the view…