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100 1 Brookhiser, Richard.
245 10 Gentleman revolutionary :|bGouverneur Morris, the rake who
wrote the Constitution /|cRichard Brookhiser.
260 New York :|bFree Press,|c©2003.
300 xvii, 251 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :
|billustrations, map ;|c24 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-244) and
505 0 Introduction -- Past and youth -- Part 1. The American
Revolution. War comes ; The young men's constitution ;
Running a War ; Pain and love ; Convulsion deferred ;
Secure the Blessings -- Part 2. The French Revolution.
Death and love ; Liberals in Power ; Radicals in power ;
Europe at War -- Part 3. The brink of revolution. American
passions ; Work and love ; War comes again ; Revolution
deferred ; Acceptance -- Postscript -- Index.
505 0 Introduction -- Past and youth -- War comes -- The young
men's constitution -- Running a War -- Pain and love --
Convulsion deferred -- Secure the Blessings -- Death and
love -- Liberals in Power -- Radicals in power -- Europe
at War -- American passions -- Work and love -- War comes
again -- Revolution deferred -- Acceptance -- Postscript -
520 Since 1996, Richard Brookhiser has devoted himself to
recovering the Founding for modern Americans. The creators
of our democracy had both the temptations and the
shortcomings of all men, combined with the talents and
idealism of the truly great. Among them, no Founding
Father demonstrates the combination of temptations and
talents quite so vividly as the least known of the greats,
Gouverneur Morris. His story is one that should be known
by every American--he drafted the Constitution, and his
hand lies behind many of its most important phrases. Yet
he has been lost in the shadows of the Founders who became
presidents and faces on our currency. As Brookhiser shows
in this narrative, Morris's story is not only crucial to
the Founding, it is also one of the most entertaining and
instructive of all. Gouverneur Morris, more than
Washington, Jefferson, or even Franklin, is the Founding
Father whose story can most readily touch our hearts, and
whose character is most sorely needed today. He was a
witty, peg-legged ladies' man. He was an eyewitness to two
revolutions (American and French) who joked with George
Washington, shared a mistress with Talleyrand, and lost
friends to the guillotine. In his spare time he gave New
York City its street grid and New York State the Erie
Canal. His keen mind and his light, sure touch helped make
our Constitution the most enduring fundamental set of laws
in the world. In his private life, he pleased the ladies
until, at age fifty-seven, he settled down with one lady
(and pleased her) and lived the life of a gentleman, for
whom grace and humanity were as important as birth. He
kept his good humor through war, mobs, arson, death, and
two accidents that burned the flesh from one of his arms
and cut off one of his legs below the knee. Above all, he
had the gift of a sunny disposition that allowed him to
keep his head in any troubles. We have much to learn from
him, and much pleasure to take in his company.
600 10 Morris, Gouverneur,|d1752-1816.
610 10 United States.|tConstitution|xSigners|vBiography.
648 7 1775-1789|2fast
650 0 Statesmen|zUnited States|vBiography.
651 0 United States|xHistory|yRevolution, 1775-1783|vBiography.
651 0 New York (State)|xHistory|yRevolution, 1775-1783
651 0 United States|xPolitics and government|y1775-1783.
651 0 United States|xPolitics and government|y1783-1789.
651 1 United States|xHistory|yRevolution, 1775-1783|vBiography.
776 08 |iOnline version:|aBrookhiser, Richard.|tGentleman
revolutionary.|dNew York : Free Press, ©2003
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