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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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

This book serves as a good introduction to the American Revolution and the early years of the American republic. Ellis does not attempt to cover everything, but he does pick out seminal events (the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jarratt - LibraryThing

This book seeks to somewhat succinctly answer the question: How did America's founding happen? Author Joseph Ellis then tries to answer the question with six chapters: The Year (April 1775 - July 1776 ... Read full review

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JOSEPH J. ELLIS is the author of many works of American history includingFounding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; andAmerican Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which won the National Book Award. He recently retired from his position as the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife and their youngest son.

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