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America’s Forgotten Founders, second edition
by Gary L. Gregg and Mark David Hall
Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2012
eISBN: 978-1-61017-072-7 | Paper: 978-1-61017-023-9
Library of Congress Classification E302.5.A46 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.30922


Beyond Washington and Jefferson: Ranking the Founders

Even as Americans devour books about our Founding Fathers, the focus seldom extends past a half dozen or so icons—Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton. Many of the men (and women) who made prodigious contributions to the American founding have been all but forgotten.


America’s Forgotten Founders corrects this injustice. Editors Gary L. Gregg II and Mark David Hall surveyed forty-five top scholars in history, political science, and law to produce the first-ever ranking of the most neglected contributors to the American Revolution and our constitutional order. This unique book features engaging short biographies of the top ten most important Founders whose contributions are overlooked today: James Wilson, George Mason, Gouverneur Morris, John Jay, Roger Sherman, John Marshall, John Dickinson, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, and John Witherspoon.


The latest entry in ISI Books’ Lives of the Founders series, America’s Forgotten Founders reshapes our understanding of America’s founding generation.

Nearby on shelf for United States / Revolution to the Civil War, 1775/1783-1861 / General: