- Thursday, May 14, 7 pm: Lorri Glover, author of “Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries”
How did family life shaped the political careers of America’s great Founding Fathers—men like George Mason, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison? Historian Lorri Glover brings to life the vexing, joyful, arduous, and sometimes tragic experiences of the architects of the American Republic who, while building a nation, were also raising families.
The costs and consequences for the families of these Virginia leaders were great. The Revolution remade family life no less than it reinvented political institutions. “Founders as Fathers” describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by nineteenth-century descendants.
This lecture made possible in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.