Friends of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull

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Basic Books, Nov 6, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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Friends of Libertytells the remarkable story of three men whose lives were braided together by issues of liberty and race that fueled revolutions across two continents. Thomas Jefferson wrote the founding documents of the United States. Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a hero of the American Revolution and later led a spectacular but failed uprising in Poland, his homeland. Agrippa Hull, a freeborn black New Englander, volunteered at eighteen to join the Continental Army. During the Revolution, Hull served Kosciuszko as an orderly, and the two became fast friends. Kosciuszko’s abhorrence of bondage shaped histhinking about the oppression in his own land. When Kosciuszko returned to America in the 1790s, bearing the wounds of his own failed revolution, he and Jefferson forged an intense friendship based on their shared dreams for the global expansion of human freedom. They sealed their bond with a blood compact whereby Jefferson would liberate his slaves upon Kosciuszko’s death. But Jefferson died without fulfilling the promise he had made to Kosciuszko-and to a fledgling nation founded on the principle of liberty and justice for all.
  

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User Review  - HistReader - LibraryThing

I overall enjoyed this book and appreciated the stories of Agrippa "Grippy" Hull and Thaddeus Kosciuszko. Mr. Nash neatly melds the two mens' stories together. Unfortunately Mr. Hull's "paper trail ... Read full review

Review: Friends of Liberty: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and the Betrayal that Divided a Nation: Thomas Jefferson, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull

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Great subjects, fluffy writing. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Figztingfor Freedom
49
Peace and War
79
Struggles for Liberty
141
Long Endings
207
E P I L O G U E
251
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
269
INDEX
313
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About the author (2012)

Gary B. Nash is Professor of History at University of California, Los Angeles, and author of over a dozen books, including The Unknown American Revolution. Graham Russell Gao Hodges is Professor of History at Colgate University and the author of numerous books and articles, including Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver.

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