The Resource Gentleman revolutionary : Gouverneur Morris, the rake who wrote the Constitution, Richard Brookhiser

Gentleman revolutionary : Gouverneur Morris, the rake who wrote the Constitution, Richard Brookhiser

Label
Gentleman revolutionary : Gouverneur Morris, the rake who wrote the Constitution
Title
Gentleman revolutionary
Title remainder
Gouverneur Morris, the rake who wrote the Constitution
Statement of responsibility
Richard Brookhiser
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brookhiser, Richard
Dewey number
  • 973.4/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E302.6.M7
LC item number
B76 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
B M876b
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Morris, Gouverneur
  • United States.
  • Statesmen
  • United States
  • New York (State)
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Gentleman revolutionary : Gouverneur Morris, the rake who wrote the Constitution, Richard Brookhiser
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 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
  • 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 -- Index
Control code
ocm51810636
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 251 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780743223799
Lccn
2003044353
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)51810636
Label
Gentleman revolutionary : Gouverneur Morris, the rake who wrote the Constitution, Richard Brookhiser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 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
  • 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 -- Index
Control code
ocm51810636
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 251 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780743223799
Lccn
2003044353
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)51810636

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