Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 16, 2003 - History - 304 pages
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In this landmark work of history and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Joseph J. Ellis explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals—Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison—confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.

The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers—re-examined here as Founding Brothers—combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes—Hamilton and Burr’s deadly duel, Washington’s precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adams’ administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, Franklin’s attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison’s attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams’ famous correspondence—Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation’s history.
 

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One of my very favorite popular-history books, and I think one of the main reasons for the resurgent interest in revolutionary/federalist era American history. Ellis did a fantastic lecture series for Barnes and Noble about this era which I have as well. Read full review

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Founding Brothers is the Pulitzer Prize-winning United States history book written by Joseph J. Ellis. The book brings to life the personalities of seven men who helped shape the beginning of this ... Read full review

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Contents

The Generation
3
The Silence
81
The Collaboratory
162
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JOSEPH J. ELLIS is the author of many works of American history including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; and American 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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