Dr. Benjamin Rush by Harlow Giles Unger audiobook

Dr. Benjamin Rush: The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation

By Harlow Giles Unger
Read by Robert Petkoff

Da Capo Press, Quercus
9.08 Hours Unabridged
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A revealing biography of Dr. Benjamin Rush—fiery signer of the Declaration of Independence, prominent physician, ardent politician, zealous social reformer, passionate humanitarian, and dedicated educator Dr. Benjamin Rush was the Founding Father of an America that other Founding Fathers forgot or ignored—an America of women, African-Americans, Jews, Quakers, Roman Catholics, indentured workers, and the poor. Ninety percent of the people lived in that other America, but none could vote and none had rights to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness, either before or after independence from Britain. Alone among the Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Rush heard their cries and stepped forth as the nation’s first great humanitarian and social reformer. Known primarily as America’s most influential and leading physician, Rush was also among the first to call for the abolition of slavery, equal rights for women, free education and health care for the poor, slum clearance, city-wide sanitation facilities, an end to child labor, universal public education, humane treatment and therapy for the insane, prison reform, an end to capital punishment, and improved medical care for injured troops. Using archival material found in Edinburgh, London, and Paris, as well as significant new materials from Rush’s descendants recently made available, Harlow Giles Unger’s startling biography of Benjamin Rush is an important biography of the Founding Father who never forgot America’s forgotten people.

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A revealing biography of Dr. Benjamin Rush—fiery signer of the Declaration of Independence, prominent physician, ardent politician, zealous social reformer, passionate humanitarian, and dedicated educator

Dr. Benjamin Rush was the Founding Father of an America that other Founding Fathers forgot or ignored—an America of women, African-Americans, Jews, Quakers, Roman Catholics, indentured workers, and the poor. Ninety percent of the people lived in that other America, but none could vote and none had rights to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness, either before or after independence from Britain. Alone among the Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Rush heard their cries and stepped forth as the nation’s first great humanitarian and social reformer.

Known primarily as America’s most influential and leading physician, Rush was also among the first to call for the abolition of slavery, equal rights for women, free education and health care for the poor, slum clearance, city-wide sanitation facilities, an end to child labor, universal public education, humane treatment and therapy for the insane, prison reform, an end to capital punishment, and improved medical care for injured troops.

Using archival material found in Edinburgh, London, and Paris, as well as significant new materials from Rush’s descendants recently made available, Harlow Giles Unger’s startling biography of Benjamin Rush is an important biography of the Founding Father who never forgot America’s forgotten people.

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Author Bio: Harlow Giles Unger

Author Bio: Harlow Giles Unger

Harlow Giles Unger, a former distinguished visiting fellow in American history at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of more than twenty books, including several biographies of the Founding Fathers. He has also authored histories of the early Republic as well as numerous books on American education. He lives in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English