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North American American Revolution Round Table – June Meeting w/ Presentation on Dr. Benjamin Rush
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The June meeting of the Round Table features journalist Stephen Fried speaking about his new biography of Dr. Benjamin Rush.
Publisher Penquin Random House says, “From improbable beginnings as the son of a Philadelphia blacksmith, Rush grew into an internationally renowned writer, reformer, and medical pioneer who touched virtually every page in the story of the nation’s founding. He was Franklin’s protégé, the editor of Common Sense, and Washington’s surgeon general. He was a fierce progressive agitator—a vocal opponent of slavery and prejudice by race, religion or gender, a champion of public education—even as his convictions threatened his name and career, time and again. He was a confidante, and often the physician, of America’s first leaders; he brokered the twilight peace between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. As a doctor, he became “the American Hippocrates,” whose brilliant, humane insights and institutional reforms revolutionized the understanding and treatment of mental illness in ways that still reverberate.”