Join us on Saturday, June 8th at 7pm for a reading, discussion, and signing with author and historian Christian Di Spigna, about his book Founding Martyr, a Northshire staff pick.
Radical revolutionary Joseph Warren advocated separation from Great Britain, by violence if necessary, long before most other colonists. He swiftly became both a respected doctor and leader in Massachusetts, and had he not fallen in the Battle of Bunker Hill, he may have been as revered today as Washington and Jefferson. — Mike Hare
Little has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, and a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in the Boston area for a decade, from the Stamp Act protests to the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, and his incendiary writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence. Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence.
Christian Di Spigna’s definitive new biography of Warren is a loving work of historical excavation, the product of two decades of research and scores of newly unearthed primary-source documents that have given us this forgotten Founding Father anew.