When posters question the "real" character v the "historically represented" character of the FF's (based on 21st Century cynicism), I would suggest that they consider that the American Revolution was, if not the only, one of a small handful of revolutions in History, that did not consume itself in a bloody struggle for dominion.
By the efforts of oratory and persuasion, this blood drenched struggle for dominance was postponed for a generation (first the British, then ourselves), and settled by a stronger, continent-wide nation at the cost of 600,000 American lives.
That the Revolution survived its success is a remarkable feat, made possible by remarkable men.
That the American Nation was granted such men, at such a time, was an amazing bit of fate, or luck, or divine providence.
I mean, what other nation guarantees the right "to pursue happiness" in its founding documents.
I have been particularly moved by the reading of the Declaration of Independence, and the long silence after the vote to separate.
I to got chills watching the inauguration of Washington, especially understanding that this man could have created any titled position he wanted for himself.