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    Friends of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull (Hardback) By (author) Gary Nash, By (author) Graham Russell Gao Hodges

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    DescriptionFriends of Liberty tells the remarkable story of three men whose lives were braided together by issues of liberty and race that fueled revolutions across two continents. Thomas Jefferson wrote the founding documents of the United States. Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a hero of the American Revolution and later led a spectacular but failed uprising in Poland, his homeland. Agrippa Hull, a freeborn black New Englander, volunteered at eighteen to join the Continental Army. During the Revolution, Hull served Kosciuszko as an orderly, and the two became fast friends. Kosciuszkos abhorrence of bondage shaped histhinking about the oppression in his own land. When Kosciuszko returned to America in the 1790s, bearing the wounds of his own failed revolution, he and Jefferson forged an intense friendship based on their shared dreams for the global expansion of human freedom. They sealed their bond with a blood compact whereby Jefferson would liberate his slaves upon Kosciuszkos death. But Jefferson died without fulfilling the promise he had made to Kosciuszko-and to a fledgling nation founded on the principle of liberty and justice for all.


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    Title
    Friends of Liberty
    Subtitle
    Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gary Nash, By (author) Graham Russell Gao Hodges
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780465048144
    ISBN 10: 0465048145
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T General Subject: 430
    DC22: 973.3
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    B&T Approval Code: A16250000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036030
    DC22: 973.30922
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    B&T Approval Code: A14530000
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    DC22: 973.3092/2
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    LC classification: E206 .N36 2008
    Thema V1.0: NHK
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    BASIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    25 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Gary B. Nash is Professor of History at University of California, Los Angeles, and author of over a dozen books, including "The Unknown American Revolution." Graham Russell Gao Hodges is Professor of History at Colgate University and the author of numerous books and articles, including "Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver."
    Review text
    The entwined lives of two Revolutionary Era giants and another man who made a less well-known contribution to liberty.Tadeusz Kosciuszko's engineering skills proved invaluable to the Continental Army, and he later became internationally famous for his efforts to liberate his native Poland. African-American Agrippa Hull, Kosciuszko's orderly for seven years, lived a life far less grand than Jefferson and less adventure-packed than Kosciuszko, but he earned an honorable place in his small Berkshire society, becoming known as a model citizen and a kind of village sage, always ready to tell tales of his wartime service. Nash (The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America, 2005, etc.) and Hodges (Taxi!: A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver, 2007, etc.) concede at the outset that the thin historical record makes recovering Grippy's life "unusually challenging," and it's a difficulty they never satisfactorily overcome. The authors are too often forced into hazy constructions - "likely," "must have," "may have," "surely," "perhaps" - that unbalance the narrative and make Hull's inclusion feel forced, except insofar as he serves to demonstrate Kosciuszko's utter lack of racial bias. The authors' more rounded, better-grounded discussion of the Jefferson/Kosciuszko friendship centers on a remarkable footnote to American history: As the executor of the freedom fighter's will, Jefferson was directed to purchase and educate "from among his own or any others" as many slaves as the monies would allow. How and why the aged Jefferson, author of some of history's most stirring words about liberty, declined to seize this relatively pain-free chance to free his own slaves - some, we now know, his own children - retreated from the Enlightenment goals of his youth and failed, finally, to honor his friend's wishes, makes for fascinating, if depressing, reading.A provocative discussion of an opportunity missed, where inspired moral leadership by one of the greatest of Americans could have made a difference. (Kirkus Reviews)