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Founders as Fathers: Going Home with Virginia's Revolutionary by Lorri Glover

Lorri Glover

On October 9, Lorri Glover delivered a Banner Lecture entitled “Founders as Fathers: Going Home with Virginia’s Revolutionary.”

Set against the backdrop of Revolutionary Virginia, Lorri Glover’s new book, Founders as Fathers: Family Values and Revolutionary Politics, offers an intimate portrait of the lives of the country’s most celebrated political leaders, revealing, for the first time, how they struggled to balance civic duties against domestic responsibilities and contended with a revolution that remade family life every bit as much as political institutions.

Glover’s lecture brings to life the surprising, profound connections between family and politics in the lives of the Virginians who became the principal architects of the American Republic: George Mason, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

At the time of this lecture, Lorri Glover was the John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair in the Department of History at Saint Louis University, and has written several books about early American history from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth, including Southern Sons: Becoming Men in the New Nation (2007) and Founders as Fathers: Family Values and Revolutionary Politics (2014).