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Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different | Gordon S. Wood
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In this brilliantly illuminating group portrait of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers, the incomparable Gordon Wood has written a book that seriously asks, "What made these men great?" and shows us, among many other things, just how much character did in fact matter. The life of eachWashington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Madison, Paineis presented individually as well as collectively, but the thread that binds these portraits together is the idea of character as a lived reality. They were members of the first generation in history that was self-consciously self-made men who understood that the arc of lives, as of nations, is one of moral progress. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Author provides backgrounds on several of the Founding Fathers of America, and discusses how our views of them can change over time. He also touches on how they viewed each other as well. I found this very readable.

(4th of July quilt wall hanging made by me many years ago)

bromeliad Oh man, are those all reproduction cottons you used? They're fantastic! 1mo
Crazeedi Beautiful wall hanging, I ❤ it! 1mo
DivineDiana I am impressed with your creativity! ❤️ 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @bromeliad thanks! some might have been repro fabrics. I made this at least 20 years ago 😯 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Crazeedi thank you 😊! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana thanks 😊 ! I used to do a lot of quilting until it got too expensive and also a lack of time. But I have a few unfinished projects that I plan to get back into now, that the nest will be empty soon with the last one going off to college! 1mo
DivineDiana Sounds like a good plan! 👏🏻 1mo
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“...it seems unlikely that Hamilton can ever acquire a warm place in the hearts of most Americans .”

Obviously written before Hamilton: The Musical !!


DivineDiana Obviously! 😂 2mo
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Confession: when I go down to the pool, I actually bring down more than one book 😂. I think today I will try reading Shirley first.

But first I must scoop out those leaves!!

(Also: my book sleeves were made by my mom 💖)

Leftcoastzen I like a book for every mood! 2mo
cathysaid I call that smart planning. 🤓 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen agree!! Sometimes it actually comes down to whatever font is easiest to read in the outdoor light!! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @cathysaid yes, especially since there‘s a gazillion steps between the house and the pool 😂! 2mo
Suet624 I love that! 2mo
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