From the first shots fired at Lexington to the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, Joseph J. Ellis guides us through the decisive issues of the nation’s founding, and illuminates the emerging philosophies, shifting alliances, and personal and political foibles of our now iconic leaders–Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and Adams. He casts an incisive eye on the founders’ achievements, arguing that the American Revolution was, paradoxically, an evolution–and that part of what made it so extraordinary was the gradual pace at which it occurred. He explains how the idea of a strong federal government was eventually embraced by the American people, and details the emergence of the two-party system, which stands as the founders’ most enduring legacy.
Ellis is equally incisive about their failures, and he makes clear how their inability to abolish slavery and to reach a just settlement with the Native Americans has played an equally important role in shaping our national character. With eloquence and insight, Ellis strips the mythic veneer of the revolutionary generation to reveal men both human and inspired, possessed of both brilliance and blindness. American Creation is an audiobook that delineates an era of flawed greatness, at a time when understanding our origins is more important than ever.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
What people are saying - Write a review
What a good overview of early American history! - Goodreads
I am a big fan of Joseph Ellis and his writing style. - Goodreads
This book is both easy to read and very informative - Goodreads
The insight into Jefferson and Madison is fascinating. - Goodreads
It's both revealing and well-researched. - Goodreads
I found the book very easy to read and engaging. - Goodreads
Review: American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the RepublicUser Review - Marybull - Goodreads
really liked this book. Interesting stories and involving writing Read full review
All 93 reviews »
Review: American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the RepublicUser Review - Mary - Goodreads
I like this book. His tragedies of the founding of the republic are the removal of the Native American population and slavery. Read full review
Abigail Abigail Adams Adams agenda Alexander Hamilton Ameri American republic American Revolution Antifederalists April argued argument Articles authority battleﬁeld became believed Boston Britain British army campaign chief claim colonies Confederation Confederation Congress Constitution Continental Army Continental Congress Convention conviction Creek Nation debate decision Declaration deﬁning delegates diplomatic draft empire European eventually federal government Federalist ﬁeld ﬁght ﬁghting ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁscal force founders founding French frontier George Hamilton Henry Knox imperial independence Indian policy Indian removal inﬂuence Jefferson to Madison land leader legislature letter Livingston Louisiana Purchase Louisiana Territory major March McGillivray ment military militia Mississippi Monroe Napoleon Nathanael Greene Native Americans negotiations never ofﬁcers ofthe Paris party Philadelphia political president principles proposed PW/R question radical ratiﬁcation regarded Republican revolutionary role Senate sense side slavery sovereignty Spanish speciﬁcally story strategic tion treaty tribes troops United Valley Forge Virginia vote Washington York