We often hear of the sacrifices our founding fathers made for their country. We often hear of the price our founding fathers had to pay to ensure the freedoms we all enjoy today would always be. We often hear of these “founding fathers”, but we are rarely introduced to them or enlightened as to their personal sacrifices. In his new book, “American Patriots; Answering the Call to Freedom”, Senator Rick Santorum presents the reader a fresh and insightful look as twenty-five of the heroes and heroines of our nation’s founding.
Santorum starts his book by revealing what he believes to the “anchor” of America. This anchor, he says, makes up the “why” of America and is summed up in the simple but familiar words of the Declaration of Independence. He quotes, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Santorum breaks the book down into three main sections entitled “Life”, “Liberty”, and “The Pursuit of Happiness”, respectively. Here are a few of the heroes you may never have heard of that Santorum introduces us to in this book.
John Laurens was a man of great wealth who joined the Patriot cause against the desires of his father. He gave his life in the defense of the principle that all people should be able to live free (including the 260 slaves owned by his father).
Frances Marion fought against the British with a small group a men hiding in swamps and using tactics he learned while fighting the Cherokee in the French/Indian War. Marion earned the nickname “swamp fox” and served as the inspiration for Mel Gibson’s character Benjamin Martin in “The Patriot”.
American Patriots is a good book. It is an easy read at only 136 pages. Santorum challenges the reader to think about the past prices that were paid for the freedoms we enjoy today. I found this book to be very interesting and engaging. If you enjoy American history, you will enjoy this book.
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