Carroll served in the Maryland Senate. Wythe 's first exposure to politics was as a member of Virginia's House of Burgesses. Read 's entry into the political arena was as a commissioner of the town of Charlestown, Maryland.
Guillaume after a portrait by J. Hesselius; in the collection of the Virginia Historical Society Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society The debate Within the broader world of popular opinion in the United States, the Founding Fathers are often accorded near mythical status as demigods who occupy privileged locations on the slopes of some American version of Mount Olympus.
Within the narrower world of the academy, however, opinion is more divided. And much of the scholarly work focusing on the Founders has emphasized their failures more than their successes, primarily their failure to end slavery or reach a sensible accommodation with the Native Americans.
The very term Founding Fathers has also struck some scholars as inherently sexist, verbally excluding women from a prominent role in the founding. Such influential women as Abigail AdamsDolley Madisonand Mercy Otis Warren made significant contributions that merit attention, despite the fact that the Founding Fathers label obscures their role.
Dolley Madison, painting by Rembrandt Peale. First, the United States was not founded on a common ethnicitylanguage, or religion that could be taken for granted as the primal source of national identity.
Instead, it was founded on a set of beliefs and convictionswhat Thomas Jefferson described as self-evident truths, that were proclaimed in and then embedded in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. To become an American citizen is not a matter of bloodlines or genealogy but rather a matter of endorsing and embracing the values established at the founding, which accords the men who invented these values a special significance.
Once again, this legal tradition gives the American Founders an abiding relevance in current discussions of foreign and domestic policy that would be inconceivable in most European countries.
Original copy of the U. Constitution, housed in the National Archives in Washington, D. National Archives, Washington, D. Finally, in part because so much always seems to be at stake whenever the Founding Fathers enter any historical conversation, the debate over their achievement and legacy tends to assume a hyperbolic shape.
It is as if an electromagnetic field surrounds the discussion, driving the debate toward mutually exclusive appraisals. In much the same way that adolescents view their parents, the Founders are depicted as heroic icons or despicable villains, demigods or devils, the creators of all that is right or all that is wrong with American society.
In recent years the Founder whose reputation has been tossed most dramatically across this swoonish arc is Thomas Jeffersonsimultaneously the author of the most lyrical rendition of the American promise to the world and the most explicit assertion of the supposed biological inferiority of African Americans.
This recent scholarship is heavily dependent on the massive editorial projects, ongoing since the s, that have produced a level of documentation on the American Founders that is more comprehensive and detailed than the account of any political elite in recorded history.
While this enormous avalanche of historical evidence bodes well for a more nuanced and sophisticated interpretation of the founding generation, the debate is likely to retain a special edge for most Americans.
As long as the United States endures as a republican government established in the late 18th century, all Americans are living the legacy of that creative moment and therefore cannot escape its grand and tragic implications.
And because the American Founders were real men, not fictional legends like Romulus and Remus of Rome or King Arthur of Englandthey will be unable to bear the impossible burdens that Americans reflexively, perhaps inevitably, need to impose upon them.
The achievement Given the overheated character of the debate, perhaps it is prudent to move toward less contested and more factual terrain, where it is possible to better understand what the fuss is all about.
What, in the end, did the Founding Fathers manage to do? Once both the inflated and judgmental rhetorics are brushed aside, what did they achieve?
At the most general level, they created the first modern nation-state based on liberal principles. These include the democratic principle that political sovereignty in any government resides in the citizenry rather than in a divinely sanctioned monarchy; the capitalistic principle that economic productivity depends upon the release of individual energies in the marketplace rather than on state-sponsored policies; the moral principle that the individual, not the society or the state, is the sovereign unit in the political equation; and the judicial principle that all citizens are equal before the law.
Moreover, this liberal formula has become the preferred political recipe for success in the modern world, vanquishing the European monarchies in the 19th century and the totalitarian regimes of GermanyJapanand the Soviet Union in the 20th century.
More specifically, the Founding Fathers managed to defy conventional wisdom in four unprecedented achievements:Apr 05, · Ian Bryant, an undercover DEA Agent is on the brink of bringing down two of the worlds most dangerous drug cartels, when his fathers' death and his brother to potentially blame, sends his /10(5).
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Welcome to the Founding Fathers home page. Founding Father Family Trees and Bios WikiTree is my new collaborative history project. Founding Fathers, the most prominent statesmen of America’s Revolutionary generation, responsible for the successful war for colonial independence from Great Britain, the liberal ideas celebrated in the Declaration of Independence, and the republican form of government defined in .
"Founding Fathers" often refers to people who contributed to the development of independence and nationhood. However, the notion of a "framer" or a "Founding Father" is not easily defined. For purposes of this website, "Founding Fathers" are individuals who had a significant impact on the Constitution either directly or indirectly.