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David Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. David is author of numerous best-selling works and a national award-winning historian who brings fresh and accurate perspective to history.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WallBuilder Press; 1st edition (October 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0925279730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0925279736
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. David is author of numerous best-selling works and a national award-winning historian who brings a fresh perspective to history.

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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilson on September 14, 2002
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Benjamin Rush was a remarkable man. It is encouraging to think that this Founding Father will be studied by today's generation. The book is a bit dry, still, David Barton has done us a great service by reacquainting us with one of the outstanding figures in our Country's origin. This should be suggested or even required reading for any American History class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By memie on December 21, 2013
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I never really knew anything about Ben Rush until I read this book.
I love this book because there is so much information given straight from Ben Rush to us. lots of quotes.
when I was reading this book it made me wish to be a better person, he was such a good man.
There were a few parts in this book that I read to my Mom because I loved them so much and wanted to share them with some one.
there was one story about him when he was with his students for the last time, that i thought was so sweet and tender it made me cry.
He was a good man that just was trying to do the right things I am glad to have gotten acquainted with him.

The one thing in this book that was a bit odd at first to get use too was that it is not written in a story biography sort of format.
its written according to subjects of his life. so you spend time reading about one category of his life then a different category. its written more in a way to help a person better understand the man rather then his complete life story.
Not straight through on the edge of your seat kind of reading. still a very good book, I enjoyed reading it very much.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. H. Welsman on March 20, 2013
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The first time I heard about Benjamin Rush was a day I spent in Philadelphia,
I took a tour of Christ Church Cemetary, I saw his headstone and on it listed
some of his accomplishments, I was blown away, how is this guy not a household
name? He was anti-slavery, pro-public education, pro-womans rights,
the first Doctor to treat the insane humanely, helped abolish the death
penalty for burglary and petty offenses, visited prisoners,
helped found the Pennsylvania Hospital as well as a few collleges,
considered THe Father of American Medicine, the list goes on and on,
Way ahead of his time.
He was kind of an extreme Christian, but unlike
our modern Evangelical Christians he actually followed the precepts of
Christian Love and Kindness, and embraced all religious sects,
he even showed tolerance for Islam!
Another major fact I learned that is all but ignored is how many of our
founding fathers were Anti-Slavery. Philadelphia had an anti slavery
society, Ben Franklin and Benjamin Rush and others were members.

This is a must read for anybody interested in our roots as a country,
and the men of Genius that helped shape our society.
Warning, you will realize how incompetent and mediocre the Politicians
and so called leaders of today are in comparision.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Moritz on August 20, 2011
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Once again David Barton delivers a great biography of one of the most important founding fathers. We here about Washington, Jefferson and Franklin, but what about the rest of them? How about Benjamin Rush?

The main focus of the book is how strong a Christian Benjamin Rush was. He was a strong believer and the book documents his writings as well as other founder writings. How anyone can see differently is beyond me!

Rush was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and attended the Continental Congress. Later in life, he became a professor of medical theory and clinical practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Despite having a wide influence on the development of American government, he is not as widely known as many of his American contemporaries. But he should be!

And that is why we must applaud Barton! Our children and adults need to know about these men who founded this country. Rush was also an early opponent of slavery and capital punishment. How often do you hear of that?

Despite his great contributions to early American society, Rush may be more famous today as the man who, in 1812, helped reconcile the friendship of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams by encouraging the two former Presidents to resume writing to each other. Again how many people know this?

The list of his achievements goes on and on!

The book is well research and documented. This is highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scot E. Spiekerman on November 11, 2013
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I love learning new things from history and really enjoy David Barton books. Recommend this if you enjoy learning about our founders
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Dr Benjamin Rush was one of the key founders/framers of our country. He was heralded as one of Americas three most notable men, along with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, served under 3 Presidents, helped found 5 universities and colleges. He is titled the "Father Of Medicine", he led both the abolition and prison reform movements,and founded American Sunday Schools and the nations first Bible Society. He graduated from Princeton at age 14.
This book has engravings of notables from our founding era, has scanned copies of documents through out our history, lots of footnotes.
I really enjoy this book and have a newly found appreciation and admiration for Dr. Benjamin Rush. Sadly I didn't learn about Dr. Rush when I was in school. The past few years as I see more and more disturbing things happening in our country I decided that I would do my own research and homework on our founders. The more I read the more I feel I've been cheated out of knowing the TRUTH about our country, our history and our ancestors.
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