Marquis de Lafayette... a name you know I'm sure. At least a name you've heard of. The name may start the gears in your mind and then suddenly come to a screeching halt when you're forced to stop the machine and wonder... "How do I know that name?" You may have heard of Lafayette College, or maybe there's a town you've heard of called Lafayette or Fayetteville. Perhaps you've driven on Lafayette street. It's a familiar name for sure, but perhaps the story behind the name is a little more vague.
You may have heard of a place called Lafayette, or Fayetteville, or Lafayette Hill or you may know a street with the same name. But who is Lafayette?
an often neglected and controversial figure of American and French history. Through letters and memoirs PBS has put together a documentary that follows the life and legend of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette.
Why would a young, wealth French aristocrat leave the comforts of his French life to fight for the independence of another nation on another continent? The documentary will answer this question, as well as bring to light many other untold tales about Lafayette and his family.
Visit the Facebook Page for Lafayette: The Lost Hero: set up by film maker Oren Jacoby.
Lafayette: The Lost Hero from The Documentary Group on Vimeo.