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Benjamin Rush: Signer of the Declaration of Independence Paperback – October 12, 1999
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent book and very well written... a good book you don't want to put down now, but keep reading and reading. fantastic information with very in depth research...loved it.Published 4 months ago by Roger
This is a real man that sticks to his principles, is vigorous in his job and sticks up for others - no matter the cost. God bless him, and I wish we had more like him today. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Marvin Bockie
I know, from other reading, that Benjamin Rush was a very religious man and that his faith fueled his many great works, but very quickly after beginning the book something seemed... Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by George F. Greene
I love learning new things from history and really enjoy David Barton books. Recommend this if you enjoy learning about our foundersPublished on November 11, 2013 by Scot E. Spiekerman
A very poor bio on Benjamin Rush. I have many biographies in my collection and this could be one of the worst. The best way to explain this book is a lot of "filler". Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Poe4Short
This book is a joke. Barton (see his book on Jefferson for more trash) tells us that due to Rush's love of God, he (Rush) could do no wrong and never did do wrong. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Bradleyp