Houses of the Founding Fathers: The Men Who Made America and the Way They Lived

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A riveting look at the private worlds of Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and more
 
The hit Broadway show Hamilton has shined a spotlight on our Founding Fathers and the fascinating private lives of these men who helped create the modern world. In this breathtaking volume, historian Hugh Howard and photographer Roger Straus take us on an eye-opening tour of forty of the Founding Fathers’ stately homes. We see the uptown New York residence where Alexander Hamilton penned his “Statement of the Impending Duel” before his fateful meeting with Aaron Burr; Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Monticello; the mansions of Washington, Adams, and Franklin; and the homes of many other signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

At sites from Maine to Georgia, with stops in each of the thirteen colonies, the grand story of the Revolution emerges from unique and individual domestic perspectives. Houses overlooking the sea, in busy townscapes, or atop mountains reveal these patriots’ tastes in architecture, furniture, and horticulture. There are tales of friends and enemies, murderous relatives, reluctant revolutionaries, adoring wives, and runaway servants. The founding families are brought to life in the rituals of birth and death, the food they ate, the archaic medical practices they endured, their household arrangements, and the way their slaves lived.

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A riveting look at the domestic world of the Founding Fathers — their private lives, families, passions, culture, aspirations.

When they declared independence in Philadelphia in 1776, they changed the course of Western history. But the patriots—a mix of landowners, merchants, and professionals— had private lives too, quite apart from the public personae presented in textbooks. In this breathtaking volume, historian Hugh Howard and photographer Roger Straus examine the everyday lives of the Founding Fathers.

This book takes us on an eye-opening tour of 40 stately 18th-century houses. We see the mansions of such legendary figures as Jefferson, Washington, Adams, and Hamilton, along with the homes of many other signers of the Declaration of Independence or Constitution. With stops in each of the 13 colonies, the grand story of the Revolution emerges from individual domestic perspectives.

These pages are peopled with the wives, children, servants, and slaves of the Founding Fathers. Homes overlooking the sea, in busy towns, or atop mountains reveal these patriots' tastes in architecture, furniture, and horticulture. The text is chock-full of fascinating historical details, from what George Washington ate for dinner to how Alexander Hamilton shopped for a bride.

The result is a penetrating look at the private lives of the men whose ideas ignited an insurrection against England—and who helped create the modern world.

About the Author:

Hugh Howard is the author of eleven books in the fields of history and architecture, most recently, Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War: American’s First Couple and the Second War of Independence. His next book with photographer Roger Straus III, Houses of the Presidents, will be published in October 2012 by Little Brown. He lives in East Chatham, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

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