The First American Founding Father

It was not Thomas Jefferson or even Benjamin Franklin. The latter however acknowledged as early as 1742 that many of his ideas about unifying the colonies were inspired by a great leader who led a strong and lasting alliance long before our own founding documents were imagined. That great leader was the Iroquois chief Canasatego, who successfully negotiated what became known as “the great peace” uniting six tribes of Native Americans and controlling vast areas of land. The system of Federalism of this confederacy included elected representatives, veto powers, and even defined a separation of powers doctrine that preserved unity while protecting individual rights. This great leader is just one of many who have been “Written out of History”  according to a great new book by Senator Mike Lee. If you think you know our history, or even if you know you don’t,  you have got to read this book.

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