Founding Fathers Is a Good Read

Every once in a while I like to let you know about a good book I’ve come across during my research. Here’s some information about one you might like.

Have you ever wondered why conservatives talk about America’s Founding Fathers so often?

After all, it’s been about 200 years since many of them passed away. So, isn’t who they were and what they did pretty much ancient history by now?

I think there are two main reasons why we continue to focus on these fathers of our nation. For one, they deserve to be remembered. The country they dreamed about establishing – and the pouring of their lives into its creation – became the greatest nation in the history of the world, bar none.

Their great experiment – forming a country in which government would be subjected to a self-sufficient people who would thrive on liberty and justice – was a tremendous long shot that miraculously came to fruition.

The second reason why we still focus on the Founding Fathers after all these years is reactionary. All around us we see attempts by the Left to minimize the accomplishments of these great men. Some even go so far as to paint them as intolerant and racist.

Believing that government holds the key to everything and that becoming dependent on that government is the ideal course for Americans to take, the Left turns everything the Founding Fathers stood for inside out.

Because we’re not going to sit back and let that happen, we regularly talk about the Founding Fathers and try to help steer our country back toward the standards they set and the ideals they envisioned.

That’s why I was so glad to see the publication of a book by National Geographic titled, Founding Fathers: The Fight for Freedom and the Birth of American Liberty. Authored by history writer K.M. Kostyal of Alexandria, Virginia, it details the gripping story of America’s 25-year journey from colony to nation, and features the extraordinary leaders who created our democratic government from scratch.

Hundreds of photographs, illustrations and maps accompany the fascinating text in this 350-plus-page, oversized book that would be perfect for any patriot’s coffee table. At around $20 on Amazon.com, it’s a steal. But most people should be able to find it at their local library.

As dissent in the colonies grew, extraordinary leaders emerged, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin and many others.

Between the covers of this exceptional book, two distinct histories unfold. One is the years of battles that Washington led, culminating in the surrender of British General Charles Cornwallis.

The other is the world inside young America’s convention halls, where planning, argument and groundwork produced the enduring documents for a new nation. Those documents – from the Articles of Confederation to the Declaration of Independence to the U.S. Constitution – form the backbone of our democracy.

The events of each chapter in this meticulously researched book are weaved into a biography of a particular Founding Father, including Franklin, Paine, Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Hamilton and Madison.

Recapturing the era’s dramatic events – from the riotous streets in Boston to the unlikely victory at Saratoga – Founding Fathers not only informs audiences new to the dramatic and moving events of the American Revolution, but also rekindles interest in those wishing to revisit a stirring and beloved history.

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