Richard Henry Lee played a pivotal role during the American Revolution, yet he remains one of the most misunderstood revolutionaries. His contemporaries, as well as modern historians, deemed him a political opportunist or dismissed him as an enigma. In bridging the gap between Lee's private interests and public career, J. Kent McGaughy seeks to overturn many of the misconceptions about Lee and shows that, throughout his life, he remained dedicated to his family and public service. By separating fact from fiction and unraveling the history of Lee's life and the times in which he lived, J. Kent McGaughy brings to light not only the truth about Lee, but also the hidden history of the American Revolution.
J. Kent McGaughy is instructor of history at Houston Community College, Northwest.
Chapter 1 Prologue: "We Cannot Do Without You" Chapter 2 A Virginia Dynasty Chapter 3 Richard Henry Lee, Esquire Chapter 4 Chantilly-on-the-Potomac Chapter 5 The Making of a Radical Chapter 6 The Decision for American Independence Chapter 7 Business and Politics Chapter 8 Defending the Potomac Chapter 9 "Mr. President" Chapter 10 "Killing Ourselves for Fear of Dying": The Debate over the Federal Constitution Chapter 11 The Honorable Senator from Virginia Chapter 12 Twilight Chapter 13 Epilogue: Legacies