Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Book Launch

I have been absent for some time from my BLOG because of all the work I am doing on my books.  I am happy to announce the launch of my children's illustrated book Poor Richard's Almanack with author Dr. Benjamin Franklin.  Here is some information on the book:

"The moral crisis is far from over but be of good cheer for Benjamin Franklin is here. Poor Richard’s Almanack published by Franklin under the pseudonym of Richard Saunders is an American treasure complete with proverbial lessons on frugality, morality, and industry. Through these uplifting proverbs, Franklin reveals his amazing wit and humor. Richly illustrated in this collection, these proverbs embody the spirit of America and provide a timeless inspiration for good behavior to children even today."

I would greatly appreciate any reviews on Amazon and feedback.  Thank you!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Meet my Author: Dr. Benjamin Franklin

I am very excited to announce the near completion of my children's book written by a man who needs no introduction:  Dr. Benjamin Franklin.

I have selected and illustrated Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack and hope to see it published soon with a Feb/March 2015 release date.  Please check back for future details here and on my website

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Alexander Hamilton and the Black Race

Alexander Hamilton

Perhaps no other founding father stands in the forefront of giving blacks the opportunity to serve in the military than Alexander Hamilton.  Hamilton defied the odds and insisted that blacks possessed " good as ours."  He did not believe the traditional theory prevalent in 18th century America that blacks were "stupid."  Instead, he insisted that it was a want of "cultivation" that made their circumstances bleak.  Indeed, Hamilton felt that under the care of a "sensible officer," blacks would make "excellent soldiers."  

Hamilton considered the prejudice against blacks to be based on "neither reason nor experience."  If anything, he felt such arguments were based on "an unwillingness to part with property of so valuable a kind."  It should be noted, that Hamilton's vision for blacks reached further beyond the immediate need for America to have larger troops to fight against the British.  By insisting on the plan to enlist black soldiers in the Continental Army, Hamilton hoped to provide a way for their emancipation. 




“From Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, [14 March 1779],” Founders Online, National Archives ( [last update: 2014-12-01]). Retrieved January 24, 2015.  Source: The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, vol. 2, 1779–1781, ed. Harold C. Syrett. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961, pp. 17–19.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

John Hancock congratulates General George Washington

George Washington
 by Charles Wilson Peale
Perhaps no other individual embodies the spirit of America better than George Washington.  From his shaky military beginnings in the French and Indian War to his position as the first United States president, Washington's steely grit, resilience, personal sacrifice, and courage exemplify the true characteristics of American Exceptionalism.  In the following excerpt from a letter dated October 15, 1783, John Hancock recognizes Washington's patriotic contributions: 


"...when as a Public Man, warmly attach’d to the Interest of my Country, I consider the nature of those Services which you have rendered to that Country; when I recollect the Cares you have sustained, the Fatigues you have endured, & the Dangers you have confronted for the Public Safety; when I call to mind the many instances in which your Abilities, your Prudence, your Fortitude, & Patience have been superior to the severest Trials; & when I now see the great Object of all so completely obtained in the Establishment of the Independence & Peace of the United States; my Heart is too full to forbear to Congratulate Your Excellency in the most Respectful & Affectionate manner, upon an Issue so happy to them & so glorious to yourself.  To all your Services as Commander in Chief of an Army that has in a manner Astonishing to the whole World efficaciously supported the Freedom of America, you have constantly added, & particularly in your late Circular Letter to the States, the result of your uncommon Wisdom & Experience as a Statesman to Assist us in improving to the happiest purposes the Advantages gained by our Arms.  After such Services, which consecrate your Name to all Posterity, with what homefelt Satisfaction must your future Days be Blest? Heaven Crown them with every Favor! May you long Live, my dear General & long have the Joy to see the increasing Splendor & Prosperity of a rising Nation aided by your Councils & Defended by your Sworde."






“To George Washington from John Hancock, 15 October 1783,” Founders Online, National Archives ( [last update: 2014-12-01]).  Retrieved 1/11/15.  Source: this is an Early Access document from The Papers of George Washington. It is not an authoritative final version.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Abigail Adams on Self-Reliance

Abigail Adams

In all the letters I have read from the founding generation, no one person exemplifies self-reliance better than perhaps Abigail Adams.  After reading over 900 letters of Abigail to various personalities, particularly John Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, it became clear Mrs. Adams believed that God had blessed America and that Americans ought to consider fending for themselves.  In this excerpt from a letter to John Adams dated 21 September, 1777, she tackles the issue of remaining self-reliant:


"Your observation with regard to Luxery are very just, but trade and commerce will always support it.  The Necessity of times will be a temporary restraint upon it, and put us upon seeking Resources among ourselves."


She then asks:

 "We can live much better than we deserve within ourselves.  Why should we borrow foreign Luxuries.  Why should we wish to bring ruin upon ourselves."


Why indeed?



Read this letter and more here:

 Abigail Adams to John Adams, 21 September 1777,” Founders Online, National Archives ( [last update: 2014-12-01]). Source: The Adams Papers, Adams Family Correspondence, vol. 2, June 1776 – March 1778, ed. L. H. Butterfield. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1963, pp. 346–349.