John Jay: Diplomat of the American Experiment
In his lifetime, John Jay was the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, president of the Continental Congress, and governor of New York. But it was his role in keeping the Founding Fathers united as the day-to-day work of forming a government became more and more pressing that was to become his greatest feat. Supports history-social science standards requiring students to identify common themes in American art and thought as well as transcendentalism and individualism.
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Page 2 - I am told that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of Government without horror. From thinking proceeds speaking, thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous! what a triumph for our enemies to verify their predictions! what a triumph for the advocates of despotism to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty are merely ideal and fallacious!