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First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call for Independence (Hardback)
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First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call for Independence (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 30/11/2017
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Before Washington, before Jefferson, before Franklin or John Adams, there was Lee--Richard Henry Lee, the First Founding Father.

Richard Henry Lee was the first to call for independence, and the first to call for union. He was "father of our country" as much as George Washington, securing the necessary political and diplomatic victories in the Revolutionary War. Lee played a critical role in holding the colonial government together, declaring the nation's independence, and ensuring victory for the Continental Army by securing the first shipments of French arms to American troops. Next to Washington, Lee was arguably the most important American leader in the war against the British.

Drawing on original manuscripts--many overlooked or ignored by contemporary historians--Unger paints a powerful portrait of a towering figure in the American Revolution.

Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
ISBN: 9780306825613
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 516 g
Dimensions: 237 x 167 x 27 mm


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"In public awareness, Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) has slipped into the cracks of historical anonymity; this book pulls him back into the light...A generous, well-documented account of the life of Lee, focusing on his varied roles in the birth of the United States...A sturdy, instructive biography of the 'first of the Founding Fathers to call for independence, first to call for union, and first to call for a bill of rights.'"--Kirkus Reviews
"[A] giant of the literature of American history...Harlow Giles Unger has crafted a portrait of Richard Henry Lee that not only allows the reader to get to know the man, but also offers a detailed look at society in 18th-century Virginia...Expertly crafted...Entertaining."--Roanoke Times
"While [Richard Henry] Lee's name may wander around somewhere in the back of our minds, this book, First Founding Father, will elevate him to the top of the list along with Washington, Franklin, [and] Jefferson...Unger paints a clear and detailed picture of Richard Henry Lee and his many contributions to the founding of the United States of America. For anyone who enjoys reading about American history, this book is most enjoyable, informative, and belongs on the library shelf."--New York Journal of Books
"One should always be skeptical when someone claims anyone was "first" at anything. However, Harlow Giles Unger makes a good argument that Richard Henry Lee came early to the ideas that triggered the American Revolution."--Milwaukee Shepherd Express
"Researched and indexed with scholarly accuracy, yet accessible to readers of all background, First Founding Father is highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review
"This wonderful man is brought to life in Unger's pages, which shine with appreciation and respect for a man who justly deserves them and deserves to be remembered as first among America's Founding greats."--San Francisco Book Review
"Richard Henry Lee was the first to call for independence and held the Continental Congress together during the conflict. This biography highlights his achievements."--Military Heritage

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