Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero

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A rich and illuminating biography of America's forgotten Founding Father, the patriot physician and major general who fomented rebellion and died heroically at the battle of Bunker Hill on the brink of revolution

Little has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, and a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in the Boston area for a decade, from the Stamp Act protests to the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, and his incendiary writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence. Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence.

Christian Di Spigna's definitive new biography of Warren is a loving work of historical excavation, the product of two decades of research and scores of newly unearthed primary-source documents that have given us this forgotten Founding Father anew. Following Warren from his farming childhood and years at Harvard through his professional success and political radicalization to his role in sparking the rebellion, Di Spigna's thoughtful, judicious retelling not only restores Warren to his rightful place in the pantheon of Revolutionary greats, it deepens our understanding of the nation's dramatic beginnings.
 

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The goal of Christian Di Spigna in writing this book is to restore the memory of Joseph Warren in the American consciousness. Anyone reading this book will likely agree that the author has been ... Read full review

Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero

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Di Spigna argues that, although Joseph Warren (1741–1775) remains largely unknown, he was “one of the most important figures in the movement for independence,” a characterization amply supported by ... Read full review

Contents

MAPS INTRODUCTION
1
NO TURNING BACK
11
CHILDHOOD HAMLET
18
THE HARVARD YEARS
31
SPECKLED MONSTER
51
NEW BEGINNINGS
67
ACTS OF VIOLENCE
74
UNSHEATH THY QUILL
90
IO A BITTER CREW
130
RESOLVED
146
HILL OF LAMENTATIONS
178
FOUNDING MOURNERS
191
NOTES
225
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
295
INDEX
309
Copyright

FROM RED FIELDS TO CRIMSON COBBLESTONES
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About the author (2018)

CHRISTIAN DI SPIGNA is a writer based in New York City and Williamsburg, Virginia. A regular speaker and volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg, Di Spigna is an expert on the history of the era and educates a wide array of audiences.

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