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The Resource Founding martyr : the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero, Christian Di Spigna

Founding martyr : the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero, Christian Di Spigna

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Founding martyr : the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero
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Founding martyr
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the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero
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Christian Di Spigna
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Founding martyr
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the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolutions lost hero
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eng
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A detailed portrait of Founding Father, Dr. Joseph Warren, examines his work as an architect of the colonial rebellion, before his hero's death at Bunker Hill obscured his essential role in America's independence. Little has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, and a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in the Boston area for a decade, from the Stamp Act protests to the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, and his incendiary writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence. Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence. Christian Di Spigna's definitive new biography of Warren is a loving work of historical excavation, the product of two decades of research and scores of newly unearthed primary-source documents that have given us this forgotten Founding Father anew. Following Warren from his farming childhood and years at Harvard through his professional success and political radicalization to his role in sparking the rebellion, Di Spigna's thoughtful, judicious retelling not only restores Warren to his rightful place in the pantheon of Revolutionary greats, it deepens our understanding of the nation's dramatic beginnings
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  • /* Starred Review */ Di Spigna argues that, although Joseph Warren (1741–1775) remains largely unknown, he was “one of the most important figures in the movement for independence,” a characterization amply supported by the evidence presented in this revealing and insightful biography. The doctor-turned-revolutionary wrote the Suffolk Resolves, “the pivotal documents that shaped the policies of the colonies on the eve of independence,” ran the rebels’ first spy ring, ordered Paul Revere’s midnight ride, and served as a military commander before George Washington. During the decade preceding his death, starting with the Stamp Act, “Warren was at the center of almost every major conflict” in the Boston area. He died at Bunker Hill in 1775 because he remained on the battlefield until his troops had all gone, and he was regarded as so dangerous by the British that his corpse was decapitated and mutilated. Di Spigna incorporates diligent research, enhanced by analysis of primary sources only he has tracked down (such as medical records Warren maintained for his practice), into a gripping narrative that doesn’t shy away from the darkness in his subject, including Warren’s family’s ownership of slaves. This book will give readers a fuller picture of American leadership before the active engagement of those now called the founding fathers. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed 06/25/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 26, p)
  • The 34-year-old Boston doctor, widowered father of four, and newly minted major general Joseph Warren (1741–75) died at the Battle of Bunker Hill. But because the Declaration of Independence was more than a year away and the Revolutionary War hadn't yet begun in earnest, Warren missed out on the mythical status his contemporaries George Washington, John Adams, and Paul Revere would later achieve. Nevertheless, writer Di Spigna considers Warren instrumental to Boston's insurrectionist movement of the 1760s and 1770s, and thus a "founding grandfather" of the American independence. As he gained more roles within the revolutionary cause—orator, spymaster, leader of Boston's Committee of Correspondence—Warren found himself at the center of famous historical events: as instigator of Paul Revere's famous "Midnight Ride," planner of the Boston Tea Party, and an early martyr at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Di Spigna, a Colonial Williamsburg volunteer and enthusiast of the era, sometimes borders on hagiography with an overt mission of boosting Warren's historical prominence. VERDICT Still, this concise and accessible primer on a significant but mostly forgotten figure offers a great read for those interested in early American history beyond the usual names. --Chad Comello (Reviewed 07/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 12, p77)
  • A fresh biography of an underappreciated figure in American history. John Trumbull immortalized Dr. Joseph Warren (1741-1775) in his painting The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill, which depicted the demise of the young physician and military officer. In his first book, Di Spigna, a speaker and volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg, reminds readers that Warren was more than a man who sacrificed his life for the cause of liberty. The son of a pious Massachusetts farmer, Warren attended Harvard, where the future revolutionary developed his oratorical skills when he was not committing pranks such as nailing his roommates' shoes to the floor. His training as a physician coincided with the post-French and Indian War crisis between Britain and her American Colonies, and Warren would hold several positions in the Massachusetts resistance: head of the Boston Committee of Correspondence and North End Caucus, president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, and chairman of the Massachusetts Committee of Safety. He delivered two prominent orations on the Boston Massacre, wrote numerous articles and pamphlets, authored the Suffolk Resolves, sent Paul Revere on his famous ride, operated a spy ring, and participated in the battles of Lexington and Concord. In short, Di Spigna persuasively argues that Warren was "a rare combination of statesman and warrior" and that "his effective arsenal of voice, pen, and sword was unrivaled by any other patriot." Yet the author does not neglect Warren's medical career. He was one of the most prominent and respected physicians in Massachusetts, inoculating hundreds of people against smallpox without a single death. Warren was also a prominent Mason and devoted family man. In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan referred to Joseph Warren as "a man who might have been one of the greatest among the founding fathers." Hopefully, Di Spigna's insightful biography will rekindle public interest in Warren, a man who deserves to be remembered for more than his death at Bunker Hill. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2018)
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individual biography
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10685253
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Di Spigna, Christian
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  • 973.3092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
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E263.M4
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W235 2018
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Warren, Joseph
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Soldiers
  • Physicians
  • Massachusetts
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adult
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the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero
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Founding martyr : the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero, Christian Di Spigna
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-308) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- No turning back -- Childhood hamlet -- The Harvard years -- Speckled monster -- New beginnings -- Acts of violence -- Unsheath thy quill -- From red fields to crimson cobblestones -- A time to mourn -- A bitter crew -- Resolved -- Joseph Warren's ride -- Hill of lamentations -- Founding mourners -- Epilogue -- Warren's legacy
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780553419320
Lccn
2017057934
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
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  • on1012656759
  • (OCoLC)1012656759
Label
Founding martyr : the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero, Christian Di Spigna
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-308) 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 -- No turning back -- Childhood hamlet -- The Harvard years -- Speckled monster -- New beginnings -- Acts of violence -- Unsheath thy quill -- From red fields to crimson cobblestones -- A time to mourn -- A bitter crew -- Resolved -- Joseph Warren's ride -- Hill of lamentations -- Founding mourners -- Epilogue -- Warren's legacy
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780553419320
Lccn
2017057934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • on1012656759
  • (OCoLC)1012656759

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