Le Vostre lettere

I would like to thank your organization for acknowledging Phillip Mazzei for his immense contribution to the United States of America.  I have been a staunch advocate of this man for five years.  At every opportunity I have amplified his writings of the Declaration of Independence in English and Italian from the lowest to the highest pulpit.
Sadly, our history books make no mention of Mr. Mazzei.  All the credit goes to Thomas Jefferson.  Even President Kennedy publicly acknowledged the writings of Mr. Mazzei, but the history books go on with no mention of his name.
In America, we are Italian first and American second.  Generation after generation.  We eat, speak and live Italian.  So all major contributions that Italians make are proudly paraded.  Only lately have we heard of Filippo Mazzei.  What pride our ancestors would have had to know that he wrote most of the Declaration of Independence, if not all of it.
Now, not to sound like a conspiratorist, but I just watched two hours of Angels and Demons.  It gave the rich history of the Illuminati and the Freemasons.  It mentions Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Filippo Mazzei.  It really made me think.  As I read it, Benjamin Franklin met him in London and later introduced him to Thomas Jefferson.  Mazzei and Jefferson later became neighbors and business partners in a winery.  Then when Mazzei wanted to join the American Revolution, Jefferson thought he would be better served as pamphleteer in France.  Could he have had some influence in a society of influential people in France and England to support those who could overthrow the British rule over the colonies?
It seemed to have worked with his influence.  Do you have any thoughts on this.
In either case.  You do honor to his name.  I wish I could have attended the conference in 2008.  I try my best here in my small way to promote his cause and his contribution to this country.  Once in Annapolis MD on Independence Day, I mentioned to a man promoting the Declaration of Independence at one of the original signer's homes about Mr. Mazzei and he said he never heard of him.  What an uproar!  Some college students overheard me and they went to Google his name. 
On another note, my uncle gave a large part of his life in World War II to free Europe from oppression and became a prisoner of war in Germany and came back a severely broken man, but never once complained.
I hope that between my small contribution and his huge contribution we do justice to the freedom we enjoy in this country and our ancectors land, Italia.
Barbara Bisignano Monroe