May 7, 2010
Birzer, Bradley J. Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, February 2010. ISBN 978-1-933859-89-X $25.00
Charles Carroll of Carrollton made history partly because he was the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. Born the bastard son of Charles Carroll of Annapolis, Maryland, Charles’ father only later recognized him as his son after marrying his mother. The Carrolls were one of the wealthiest families in the American colonies, but because they were Catholics, they were limited by the anti-Catholic laws in Maryland.
Thus, Charles Carroll was sent to France and England for his education. He studied at the Jesuit St. Omer School where he studied Latin, Greek, and the classics. He later went to England to study law. After finishing his studies he returned to Maryland and became involved in politics.
Anti-Catholic laws, which did not recognize him as a citizen, disenfranchised Charles from voting, holding office, and exercising other offices of a regular. However, the laws did not keep Charles Carroll from speaking out, writing to raise awareness about injustice or encouraging the fight against corruption.