“The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers”
By Thomas Fleming
480 pp., Harper Perennial
Reviewed by Erin Carlson Mast
CEO and Executive Director, President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, DC
Exposing your private life to scrutiny is the price you pay for political power in America. And, what we demand from our leaders and what we excuse them for says as much about our national ideals as it does about our personal politics and beliefs.
Such are the lessons in Thomas Fleming’s, “The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers,” in which the author assesses academic and popular views of the personal lives of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Madison. Fleming’s goal is to put 21st-century hand-wringing over too much invasion in private lives of public officials in historical context.
In order to do that, Fleming states, “I decided to explore the roles of women in the lives of the first group of American politicians to win fame.” Read More…
July 11, 2017, Architectural Digest — Reporter Nick Mafi explains, “Liberty Hall Museum — which is located on the campus of Kean University, one of New Jersey’s largest state schools — has been going through an extensive renovation,” with the goal of recreating each era of history. Recently, the museum “discovered several cases of Madeira wine from 1796 that had been shipped from Portugal for the celebration of John Adams’ presidency.
“The renovation project, which began in late 2015, included revamping the museum’s wine cellar. That meant replacing the old wine racks and cataloging each bottle. The museum always knew they had bottles of antiquated wine in their possession, they simply never felt compelled to learn how old they were or why they had been purchased.” Read More…
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