(Kansas City, Missouri) - Even as they laid the framework for a new country, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and many of America's other Founding Fathers were tending to another vital duty. They were raising families.
In a new book, Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries, St. Louis University's Lorri Glover examines the ways in which political actions during our country's formative years affected domestic lives - and vice versa. She discusses that dynamic on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, delivering the annual Richard D. McKinzie Lecture at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
Glover focuses on Washington, Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, and Patrick Henry in detailing how the Revolution remade family life as much as it reinvented political institutions. At a time when fatherhood entailed responsibility for the well-being of entire communities, and for the social order, these men were serving in political office while running plantations and mastering slaves.
Founders as Fathers describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by 19th-century descendants.
Glover is John Francis Bannon Edward Endowed Chair in St. Louis University's Department of History. She is author of four previous books on early American history, including The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown.
The McKinzie Lecture honors Dick McKinzie, who taught in the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Department of History from 1969 until his death in 1993. He was instrumental in establishing the UMKC High School/College Program, the UMKC Program for Continuing Adult Education (PACE), and the UMKC/Moscow State Faculty Exchange Program.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the UMKC Center for Midwestern Studies and the UMKC Bernardin Haskell Lecture Fund.
A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.