George Mason, Forgotten Founder

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Nov 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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George Mason (1725-92) is often omitted from the small circle of founding fathers celebrated today, but in his service to America he was, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, "of the first order of greatness." Jeff Broadwater provides a comprehensive account of Mason's life at the center of the momentous events of eighteenth-century America.

Mason played a key role in the Stamp Act Crisis, the American Revolution, and the drafting of Virginia's first state constitution. He is perhaps best known as author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, a document often hailed as the model for the Bill of Rights.

As a Virginia delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Mason influenced the emerging Constitution on point after point. Yet when he was rebuffed in his efforts to add a bill of rights and concluded the document did too little to protect the interests of the South, he refused to sign the final draft. Broadwater argues that Mason's recalcitrance was not the act of an isolated dissenter; rather, it emerged from the ideology of the American Revolution. Mason's concerns about the abuse of political power, Broadwater shows, went to the essence of the American experience.

 

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Review: George Mason, Forgotten Founder

User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

Found the book very dry. Hard to keep my interest. Maybe if Mr. Mason was like this book it's good he was forgotten. Read full review

Review: George Mason, Forgotten Founder

User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

This book was okay it focused almost primarily on Mason's political life and his influence through the Declaration of the Rights of Man, the Virginia Constitution and his influence on the Constitution ... Read full review

Contents

A Retreat of Heroes
1
Our All Is At Stake
29
The Fundamental Principle
55
The most important of all subjects
77
FIVE growing from bad to worse
101
Liberty and Independence
133
One of the best politicians in america
157
The Sanction of Their Names
181
That Paper on the Table
209
I Am Grown Old
239
Notes
255
Bibliography
307
Index
323
Copyright

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Jeff Broadwater is associate professor of history at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. He is author of Eisenhower and the Anti-Communist Crusade and Adlai Stevenson and American Politics: The Odyssey of a Cold War Liberal.

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