Washington: A Life

On April 23, 2017, in America, American Revolution, Books, Founding Fathers, George Washington, Heroes, History, by Derrick G. Jeter

Of all the founding fathers, George Washington is the least understood. He comes out of history as the marble-man—about as approachable and warm as the marble sarcophagus that entombs his bones at Mount Vernon. He is everyone’s hero. But he is a hero of god-like stature—almost inconceivable that anyone like him could have actually existed […]

The Colossus of Independence

The morning of July 1, 1776, dawned hot and humid. Before the morning ended a summer storm engulfed Philadelphia. John Adams woke before the dawn. He dress, wrote a letter to Archibald Bulloch, ate breakfast, and walked to the State House. “This morning is assigned the greatest debate of all,” he told Bulloch. “A declaration, […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Abraham Baldwin

In the late eighteenth century, Georgia was America’s far-flung and backwoods colony. More of an appendix than a vital organ to the overall wellbeing of the original thirteen. Large in land, Georgia was puny in population—in 1787 it boasted of approximately 25,000 souls, while the city of Philadelphia boasted of 40,000 souls. But Georgia was […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Francis Marion

On November 29, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, by Derrick G. Jeter

He didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence. He didn’t sign the United States Constitution. He didn’t serve in the Federal Congress. He didn’t even fight in the Continental Army. Yet, without his activities as a militia man on the southern front in the War for Independence, America would be a different country. History has all […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Pierce Butler

On November 22, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

When British soldiers disembarked onto the shores of America in the mid- to late 1760s, or during the War of Independence, they could hardly believe their eyes. America was a paradise, a land “flowing with milk and honey.” Americans had land in abundance, clear air and water, food stores bulging to overflowing, educated citizens, and […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Charles Pinckney

On November 15, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

Everybody knows James Madison is the “Father of the Constitution”—it’s architect and author. Right? Well, not exactly. Madison didn’t author the document—a committee of five put the draft together and Gouverneur Morris wrote the preamble. And there’s some evidence—or at least tradition—that Madison wasn’t the first architect of the Constitution. That designation may belong to […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Few of the Founding Fathers, during their lifetimes, were overshadowed by their family members. The Adams cousins being the exception. Samuel Adams was more famous than his younger cousin John—for a time—until Sam dropped out of national politics and John became President of the United States. But Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was almost overshadowed by his […]

Founding Fathers Friday: John Rutledge

Many of the Founding Father had tragic lives, especially at the end of their lives. But John Rutledge’s life was the stuff of Greek tragedy. Born on September 17, 1739, to one of the wealthiest families in Charleston, South Carolina, Rutledge his early childhood surrounded by luxury and ease. His father, an Irish immigrant and […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Nathaniel Macon

Unlike politicians today, we tend to think of the Founders as men who struck to principle. More statesmen-like than politician-like. And while anyone who whose actually looked deeply into the lives of our Founders knows this isn’t always true, anyone who looks into the life of Nathaniel Macon has to conclude that this unknown Founder […]

Founding Fathers Friday: George Clinton

On October 18, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, by Derrick G. Jeter

Despite what you think, the former governor of New York (George Clinton) and the former president of the  United States (William Jefferson Clinton) were not related. (President Clinton was actually born William Jefferson Blythe III. After his mother remarried, he was adopted by Roger Clinton.) George Clinton was the son of Charles and Elizabeth, Irish […]