Description: John Dickinson is a great—and greatly misunderstood—Founding Father. Bill Murchison is here to offer a sorely needed reassessment of a Dickinson. He brings to life one of the most influential figures of the entire Founding period, a principled man whose gifts as writer, speaker, and philosopher only Jefferson came near to matching. Today Dickinson is remembered mostly for his reluctance to sign the Declaration of Independence. But that reluctance, Murchison shows, had nothing to do with a lack of patriotism. In fact, Dickinson immediately took up arms to serve the colonial cause—something only one signer of the Declaration did. But he stood on principle to oppose the Declaration even when he knew it would deal the “finishing blow” to his once-great reputation. We explore John Dickinson’s life and motivations.
Syndicated columnist and a frequent contributor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. , A former editor of the Dallas Morning News