As Americans, we tend to mythologize our founding fathers. In history classes, novels, and historical documentaries, we often focus on the Revolutionary War and the ideas that made men like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Hancock so special.
What we often forget is that their ideas came from the simple act of reading. When Benjamin Franklin was young, he loved reading so much, he gave up eating meat in part to have more cash for buying books.
In honoring this 4th of July, Hannon Library invites you to learn about the the founding fathers in their own words. We have autobiographical books by Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and John Adams. We also have numerous writings by Thomas Jefferson, and a great biography on John Hancock.
So have a mental chat with the signers of the Declaration of Independence through the literature available at Hannon Library, and we hope you had a happy Independence Day!
By Alex Mesadieu