American Connections: The Founding Fathers. Networked.

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Simon and Schuster, 2007 M07 3 - 336 páginas
Using the unique approach that he has employed in his previous books, author, columnist, and television commentator James Burke shows us our connections to the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Over the two hundred-plus years that separate us, these connections are often surprising and always fascinating. Burke turns the signers from historical icons into flesh-and-blood people: Some were shady financial manipulators, most were masterful political operators, a few were good human beings, and some were great men. The network that links them to us is also peopled by all sorts, from spies and assassins to lovers and adulterers, inventors and artists. The ties may be more direct for some of us than others, but we are all linked in some way to these founders of our nation.

If you enjoyed Martin Sheen as the president on television's The West Wing, then you're connected to founder Josiah Bartlett. The connection from signer Bartlett to Sheen includes John Paul Jones; Judge William Cooper, father of James Fenimore; Sir Thomas Brisbane, governor of New South Wales; an incestuous astronomer; an itinerant math teacher; early inventors of television; and pioneering TV personality Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, the inspiration for Ramon Estevez's screen name, Martin Sheen.
 

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JOHN HANCOCK MA
3
JOSIAH BARTLETT NH
9
WILLIAM WHIPPLE NH
15
SAM ADAMS MA
20
JOHN ADAMS MA
26
ROBERT TREAT PAINE MA
31
STEPHEN HOPKINS RI
37
WILLIAM ELLERY RI
43
GEORGE READ DE
174
SAMUEL CHASE MD
180
WILLIAM PACA MD
185
THOMAS STONE MD
191
CHARLES CARROLL OF CARROLLTON MD
196
THOMAS JEFFERSON VA
201
BENJAMIN HARRISON VA
207
THOMAS NELSON VA
212

ROGER SHERMAN CT
48
SAMUEL HUNTINGTON CT
54
WILLIAM WILLIAMS CT
60
WILLIAM FLOYD NY
66
PHILIP LIVINGSTON NY
72
FRANCIS LEWIS NY
78
LEWIS MORRIS NY
83
RICHARD STOCKTON NJ
88
JOHN WITHERSPOON NJ
94
FRANCIS HOPKINSON NJ
100
JOHN HART NJ
106
ABRAHAM CLARK NJ
112
ROBERT MORRIS PA
117
BENJAMIN RUSH PA
123
BEN FRANKLIN PA
129
JOHN MORTON PA
135
GEORGE CLYMER PA
140
JAMES SMITH PA
146
GEORGE TAYLOR PA
152
JAMES WILSON PA
157
GEORGE ROSS PA
162
CAESAR RODNEY DE
168
FRANK LEE VA
217
CARTER BRAXTON VA
223
WILLIAM HOOPER NC
229
JOSEPH HEWES NC
235
JOHN PENN NC
241
EDWARD RUTLEDGE SC
247
THOMAS HEYWARD JR SC
253
THOMAS LYNCH JR SC
259
ARTHUR MIDDLETON SC
265
BUTTON GWINNETT GA
270
LYMAN HALL GA
276
GEORGE WALTON GA
282
GEORGE WYTHE VA
289
ELBRIDGE GERRY MA
294
RICHARD HENRY LEE VA
300
OLIVER WOLCOTT CT
306
MATTHEW THORNTON MA
312
THOMAS MCKEAN DE
317
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
323
INDEX 323
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Página xv - ... Franklin of Pennsylvania, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, and Robert R. Livingston of New York — was appointed to draft the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson drew up the paper, though a few alterations were made in it by the committee and by Congress. It was adopted on the evening of July 4, 1776, and signed by John Hancock, President of Congress, and Charles Thomson, Secretary. On August 2, 1776, it was signed by the members, representing all the thirteen states.

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James Burke is the author of several bestselling books, including Circles, American Connections, and The Knowledge Web. He is a monthly columnist at Scientific American and also serves as director, writer, and host of the television series Connections 3 on The Learning Channel. He is the founder of the James Burke Institute for Innovation in Education, whose flagship project, the Knowledge Web, an interactive website, was recently launched. He lives in London.

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