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  • 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,901 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 fresh and accurate perspective to history.

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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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The book is well research and documented.
Michael Moritz
Men like Benjamin Rush are avoided like the pledge because they fail to meet the `criteria' of the modern education system.
Michael Desario
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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27 of 33 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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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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40 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Michael Desario on November 22, 2002
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It's no wonder our modern education system ignores Dr. Benjamin Rush. Not only was he a highly principled man of integrity, but he was also a devote Christian who lived his life according to the dictates of scripture. In every endeavor of his life he remained strongly entrenched in his Christian values and defended the Bible as only source of true virtue for a free society.
Loyal to his beliefs he abhorred the institution of slavery and did everything within his power to have it abolished in his lifetime. Unlike many of his contemporaries who opposed the slave trade for political reasons, Rush believed that the slaves themselves deserved equal rights with rest of mankind! He proved his sincerity by using a section of his own land to erect the very first community in the American colonies for `Free' men of color. Including building them homes and a church and supplying a black clergyman for their spiritual needs. Why isn't this taught in our public schools?
We live in a day when the foundations of our history have been twisted and distorted almost beyond recognition. The average high school student today could no more tell you why the American Revolution was fought or WHO it was fought against! As for the framers of our Constitution and Declaration of Independence, the only frame of reference our young people have is what comes out of the movie studios of Hollywood. The result is a darkened understanding of the legacy these men left behind and a `warped' view of their outstanding accomplishments in a time when Liberty was unknown in the earth.
Men like Benjamin Rush are avoided like the pledge because they fail to meet the `criteria' of the modern education system. Rather teach the students that our founding fathers were all bigots, slave-owners and rich white plantation holders.
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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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elaine in Oxford on May 10, 2010
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I was so impressed with the life of Benjamin Rush! It would be wonderful if we had some people in government today who embraced his values. It's a must read for anyone who is concerned about the way our country is heading under the recent administrations.
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