• The Founding Fathers: Biographies of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin

  • By: Shane Costello
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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The Founding Fathers: Biographies of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin

By: Shane Costello
Narrated by: Kevin Theis
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This audiobook includes biographies on the following men: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. 

The Founding Fathers of the United States led the American Revolution against the Kingdom of Great Britain. Most were descendants of colonists settled in the Thirteen Colonies in North America.  

Historian Richard B. Morris in 1973 identified the following seven figures as the key Founding Fathers: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin were members of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence. Hamilton, Madison, and Jay were authors of The Federalist Papers, advocating ratification of the Constitution. The constitutions drafted by Jay and Adams for their respective states of New York (1777) and Massachusetts (1780) were heavily relied upon when creating language for the US Constitution. Jay, Adams and Franklin negotiated the Treaty of Paris (1783) that would end the American Revolutionary War. Washington was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and was President of the Constitutional Convention. All held additional important roles in the early government of the United States, with Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison serving as President. Jay was the nation's first Chief Justice, Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury, and Franklin was America's most senior diplomat, and later the governmental leader of Pennsylvania. 

The term Founding Fathers is sometimes used to refer to the Signers of the embossed version of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Signers should not be confused with the term Framers; the Framers are defined by the National Archives as those 55 individuals who were appointed to be delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention and took part in drafting the proposed Constitution of the United States.

©2018 Shane Costello (P)2018 Flâneur Media

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The Founding Fathers

I really enjoyed this book and was able to listen to it with my daughter and get her interested in learning more about US History. That is a really big plus for us these days. I thought that the narrator did a really good job reading the information and he sounded excited about it as well. Just a really concise collection of biographies that can be used to jumpstart interest in how we came to be a nation.

This story was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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this is a shameless love feast.

this is not for true history lover. This is wrtten for children. The writing style is surface only; no depth. I want my CREDIT BACK.

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not really biography

the narrator was more like a stadium speaker or a play-by-play announcer. the content seems to be more Scholastic rather than story lead. This does hit every highlight of every one of our founding fathers but I felt lacks a lot of information between the cracks. I learned a lot, however I was more interested in their lives as personal rather than historical. basically not what I expected.

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Interesting perspective

This book explains so much of the history of the Revolution. Having recently seen Outlander, I was interested in what really had been meant as true. It was true. Good read!

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Too short!

Very interesting, except it was delivered more as a news report than a book. A bit startling at first.

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good book

I learned a lot and it was a easy listen. I liked how it didn't just talk about what they did in the revolution but instead went through their hole life.

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I Didn't like it at all

The story is too simplistically written and performance is horrible. The Narator's voice really got on my nerves and I couldn’t finish the book.

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four pillars

Not where it all started necessarily, but where it all converged. Miraculous and fascinating, relates to today's democratic struggle.

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Oof

The read is too hard to listen too. I couldn't give the story a chance.

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Founding Fathers

Nice short bios of four of the founding fathers of America. Narrated nicely by Kevin Theis.Perfect for any age.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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