This is a discussion on Books: classics from the Founding era; what have you read lately? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; In the past several months, I've re-read a bit of Thomas Paine, Ben Franklin, "Publius" and some others, including the following: Common Sense -- by ...
In the past several months, I've re-read a bit of Thomas Paine, Ben Franklin, "Publius" and some others, including the following:
- Common Sense -- by Thomas Paine.
- Poor Richard's Almanack -- by Ben Franklin; (PDF version).
- The Federalist Papers -- the writings that pleaded the Federalist case.
- The Anti-Federalist Papers & The Constitutional Convention Debates -- edited combination of writings and debates that pleaded the non-Federalist case and documented the congressional debates.
What such Founding-era writings (or historical type books of the era) have you read lately?
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More, published 1516 @ Project Gutenberg.
While not a "Founder," of course, More's subtle, witty yet scathing indictment of the all too frequently fanciful nature of the impractical schemes pushed by those in "high" places remains a classic satire. Seems particularly useful, given what we're witnessing politically in the U.S. right now, in terms of the attempted evisceration of the Constitution.
More's fictional place name of "Utopia" was also a place called "Nowhere."
A good reminder that fools and tyrants have been known for as long as humankind has found adversaries of freedom.