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American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll

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Before his death in 1832, Charles Carroll of Carrollton - the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence - was widely regarded as one of the most important founders. This is his biography.
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute (first published 2010)
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Chad
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Consequent to historians having limited the household names among that elite lineup known as the "Founding Fathers" to perhaps slightly over a half dozen (notably Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Hamilton and Jay), many people might be forgiven for forgetting that it took quite a few more than that to create and consolidate the American Republic. Among the “non-marbleized” figures were some very formidable men indeed, including the subject of this short bio, Charles Carroll.

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When Charles Carroll of Carrollton signed the Declaration of Independence, he was risking the biggest fortune on the American mainland. But Carroll had yearned for independence for more than a decade before he put pen to paper, before strife ever disrupted the happy relationship between British America and Parliament. Whatever the risk, if the cause was right Carroll could have taken no other course; more than any other founder, he was steeped in the classical tradition and its traditions of civ ...more
Ian
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Informative, but uneven. Birzer is so preoccupied with finding what he wants to find in Carroll (i.e., an 18th century Russell Kirk) that he never seems to let the man speak for himself. He seizes on ideas that he finds interesting but never develops them.
Bob Bellamy
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In extremely readable yet intelligent fashion, Birzer outlines the life, philosophies, and motivations of a somewhat-forgotten Founding Father, Charles Carroll of Carrollton. Carroll, the cousin of America's first bishop, John Carroll, was the only Catholic signatory of the Declaration of Independence as well as the longest-surviving, having died in 1832.

Birzer covers Carroll's whole life, from his youth in Maryland to his sixteen years in France and England receiving his education from the Jesu
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Rickster623
Apr 20, 2010 is currently reading it
Early into the story of one of the Declaration of Independence signers. So far not sure how interesting his life will be but the overall period is indeed fascinating. Stay tuned.
Barbara
side by side w/ a Dulaney bio, any recc?
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Overall, a good read on Carroll's political philosophy. There were some stylistic things I really didn't like (for example, referring to the book's subject by his first name), but minor. It was a well-researched look into the last surviving signer of the Declaration and an important, but forgotten, founder.
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Professor Bradley Birzer holds a Doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. He is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He is the author of Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson (Christendom Press, 2007) and American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010). He is Chairman of the Board ...more
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