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American Connections: The Founding Fathers, Networked by James Burke

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By James Burke

Utilizing the original technique that he has hired in his past books, writer, columnist, and tv commentator James Burke exhibits us our connections to the fifty-six males who signed the assertion of Independence. Over the 2 hundred-plus years that separate us, those connections are frequently awesome and continuously interesting. Burke turns the signers from historic icons into flesh-and-blood humans: a few have been shady monetary manipulators, so much have been masterful political operators, a couple of have been sturdy humans, and a few have been nice males. The community that hyperlinks them to us is additionally peopled by way of all types, from spies and assassins to fans and adulterers, inventors and artists. the binds should be extra direct for a few of us than others, yet we're all associated in a roundabout way to those founders of our state.

should you loved Martin Sheen because the president on television's The West Wing, then you are attached to founder Josiah Bartlett. the relationship from signer Bartlett to Sheen contains John Paul Jones; pass judgement on William Cooper, father of James Fenimore; Sir Thomas Brisbane, governor of recent South Wales; an incestuous astronomer; an itinerant math instructor; early inventors of tv; and pioneering television character Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, the muse for Ramon Estevez's display identify, Martin Sheen.

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I. Title. com To Madeline ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I should like to express my grateful thanks to Jay Hornsby and Patrick McKercher for their meticulous and rewarding help in research. Thanks are also due to Jack Kelly for his painstaking care with the artwork. CONTENTS PREFACE AUGUST 2, 1776 1. JOHN HANCOCK (MA) 2. JOSIAH BARTLETT (NH) 3. WILLIAM WHIPPLE (NH) 4. SAM ADAMS (MA) 5. JOHN ADAMS (MA) 6. ROBERT TREAT PAINE (MA) 7. STEPHEN HOPKINS (RI) 8. WILLIAM ELLERY (RI) 9. ROGER SHERMAN (CT) 10. SAMUEL HUNTINGTON (CT) 11.

It earned him America’s first doctor of music degree. Mason’s approach to music teaching (based on European classical music) was influenced by an 1837 European visit to an obscure Swiss named Johann Naegeli (Mason arranged two of his hymns). Naegeli was the inventor of the Swiss choir and wrote dozens of tunes for the Swiss Reformed Church. And inspired Mason by his classroom methods. Which were inspired in turn by another Swiss, Heinrich Pestalozzi. Who inspired everybody. Pestalozzi believed in teaching children through direct experience of life.

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