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Written out of history : the forgotten founders who fought big government

Author: Mike Lee
Publisher: New York, New York : Sentinel, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 --  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Named Person: Aaron Burr; Luther Martin; Mercy Otis Warren; Benjamin Franklin; Elbridge Gerry; Elizabeth Freeman; James Otis; George Mason; Benjamin Franklin; Aaron Burr; Benjamin Franklin; Elizabeth Freeman; Elbridge Gerry; Luther Martin; George Mason; James Otis; Mercy Otis Warren; Elizabeth Freeman; Aaron Burr; Benjamin Franklin; Mercy Otis Warren; Luther Martin; Elbridge Gerry; George Mason; James Otis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Lee
ISBN: 9780399564451 0399564454
OCLC Number: 987958509
Description: xvii, 232 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Hamilton effect --
Aaron Burr and the abuse of executive power --
Luther Martin: Sober analysis from a drunk founder --
Mercy Otis Warren: The woman who blocked an American King --
Join or die: Canasatego, Ben Franklin, and the confederacy in the wilderness --
The Bill of Rights: Elbridge Gerry's "dangerous" idea --
Mum Bett: The slave who claimed her rights --
James Otis and the trial that gave us the Fourth Amendment --
George Mason: Defender of individual and economic freedom --
Conclusion: Writing our forgotten founders back into history.
Responsibility: Senator Mike Lee.

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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. 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.

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