American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic

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Vintage Books, 2008 - History - 283 pages
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Acclaimed historian Joseph J. Ellis brings his unparalleled talents to this riveting account of the early years of the Republic.

The last quarter of the eighteenth century remains the most politically creative era in American history, when a dedicated group of men undertook a bold experiment in political ideals. It was a time of both triumphs and tragedies—all of which contributed to the shaping of our burgeoning nation. Ellis casts an incisive eye on the gradual pace of the American Revolution and the contributions of such luminaries as Washington, Jefferson, and Madison, and brilliantly analyzes the failures of the founders to adequately solve the problems of slavery and the treatment of Native Americans. With accessible prose and stunning eloquence, Ellis delineates in American Creation an era of flawed greatness, at a time when understanding our origins is more important than ever.

 

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Some great insights in this book about the wisdom and flaws of our founding fathers, plus context around the major events and decisions of the day. Unfortunately, they are buried in a mountain of ... Read full review

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Useful way to view the founding of the Republic by examining the record of both the successes and failures of the founders. We benefit from an extensive record of correspondence between the men that ... Read full review

Contents

The Year
20
The Winter
58
The Argument
87
The Treaty
127
The Conspiracy
165
The Purchase
207
ACKNOXLEDGMENTS 169
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Joseph Ellis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Founding Brothers. His portrait of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, won the National Book Award. He is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife, Ellen, and their youngest son, Alex.

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