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Founding Brothers

Founding Brothers
The Revolutionary Generation

by Joseph J. Ellis

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2003-12-16
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1400077680
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Founding Brothers

Founding Brothers
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2004-10-01
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9781400089246
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Book Discussion Kit, Founding Brothers

Book Discussion Kit, Founding Brothers
The Revolutionary Generation

by Joseph J. Ellis

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2002*
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Founding Brothers

Founding Brothers
A Book

by Joseph Ellis

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award—winning author of American Sphinx 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." -- Amazon.com

Study Guide

Study Guide
Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis (SuperSummary)

by Supersummary

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2019-08-26
  • Pages : 56
  • ISBN : 9781688629554
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 54-page guide for "Founding Brothers" by Joseph J. Ellis includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 6 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like The Great Improvisation and Securing the Union and the Problem of Slavery.

Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams

Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams
A Book

by Joseph J. Ellis

  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 2011-02-14
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0393068277
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Impassioned and erudite.…A captivating portrait of this Massachusetts native as a wonderfully contrary genius possessed of an uncommon moral intelligence and farsighted political wisdom." —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times A fresh look at this astute, likably quirky statesman, by the author of the Pulitzer Award-winning Founding Brothers and the National Book Award winning American Sphinx. "The most lovable and most laughable, the warmest and possibly the wisest of the founding fathers, John Adams knew himself as few men do and preserved his knowledge in a voluminous correspondence that still vibrates. Ellis has used it with great skill and perception not only to bring us the man, warts and all, but more importantly to reveal his extraordinary insights into the problems confronting the founders that resonate today in the republic they created." —Edmund S. Morgan, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University

American Dialogue

American Dialogue
The Founders and Us

by Joseph J. Ellis

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2018-10-16
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 038535343X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The award-winning author of Founding Brothers and The Quartet now gives us a deeply insightful examination of the relevance of the views of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams to some of the most divisive issues in America today. The story of history is a ceaseless conversation between past and present, and in American Dialogue Joseph J. Ellis focuses the conversation on the often-asked question "What would the Founding Fathers think?" He examines four of our most seminal historical figures through the prism of particular topics, using the perspective of the present to shed light on their views and, in turn, to make clear how their now centuries-old ideas illuminate the disturbing impasse of today's political conflicts. He discusses Jefferson and the issue of racism, Adams and the specter of economic inequality, Washington and American imperialism, Madison and the doctrine of original intent. Through these juxtapositions--and in his hallmark dramatic and compelling narrative voice--Ellis illuminates the obstacles and pitfalls paralyzing contemporary discussions of these fundamentally important issues.

American Creation

American Creation
A Book

by Joseph J. Ellis

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2007-10-30
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 0307267741
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Baptism by Fire

Baptism by Fire
Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis

by Mark K. Updegrove

  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release : 2009-01-06
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1429933917
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Americans have long been defined by how they face adversity. This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in how the nation's chief executive has tackled myriad issues upon entering the White House. The ways that U.S. presidents handle the vast responsibilities of the Oval Office determine the fate of the nation---and, in many cases, the fate of the world. In this fascinating narrative, presidential historian Mark Updegrove looks at eight U.S. presidents who inherited unprecedented crises immediately upon assuming the reigns of power. George Washington led a fragile and fledgling nation while defining the very role of the presidency. When Thomas Jefferson entered the White House, he faced a nation bitterly divided by a two-party schism far more severe than anything encountered today. John Tyler stepped into the office of the presidency during the constitutional crisis left by the first death of a sitting president. Abraham Lincoln inherited a divided nation on the brink of war. Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to quell America's fears during the depths of the Great Depression. His successor, Harry S. Truman, was sworn in as commander in chief at the close of World War II, and John F. Kennedy stepped into the increasingly heated atmosphere of the cold war. In the wake of Watergate, the first unelected president, Gerald R. Ford, aimed to end America's "long national nightmare." As the forty-fourth president takes office, Updegrove presents a timely look at these chief executives and the challenges they faced. In examining the ways in which presidents have addressed crises, Baptism by Fire illustrates the importance of character in leadership—and in the resilience of America itself.

Founding Brothers

Founding Brothers
A Book

by History Channel (Television network)

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Founding Myths

Founding Myths
Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past

by Ray Raphael

  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release : 2014-07-04
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 1595589740
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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First published ten years ago, award-winning historian Ray Raphael’s Founding Myths has since established itself as a landmark of historical myth-busting. With Raphael’s trademark wit and flair, Founding Myths exposed the errors and inventions in America’s most cherished tales, from Paul Revere’s famous ride to Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech. For the thousands who have been captivated by Raphael’s eye-opening accounts, history has never been the same. In this revised tenth-anniversary edition, Raphael revisits the original myths and further explores their evolution over time, uncovering new stories and peeling back new layers of misinformation. This new edition also examines the highly politicized debates over America’s past, as well as how our approach to history in school reinforces rather than corrects historical mistakes. A book that “explores the truth behind the stories of the making of our nation” (National Public Radio), this revised edition of Founding Myths will be a welcome resource for anyone seeking to separate historical fact from fiction.

Founding Myths

Founding Myths
Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past

by Ray Raphael

  • Publisher : New Press, The
  • Release : 2014-07-04
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 159558949X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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First published ten years ago, award-winning historian Ray Raphael’s Founding Myths has since established itself as a landmark of historical myth-busting. With the author’s trademark wit and flair, Founding Myths exposes the errors and inventions in America’s most cherished tales, from Paul Revere’s famous ride to Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech. For the seventy thousand readers who have been captivated by Raphael’s eye-opening accounts, history has never been the same. In this revised tenth-anniversary edition, Raphael revisits the original myths and explores their further evolution over the past decade, uncovering new stories and peeling back additional layers of misinformation. This new edition also examines the highly politicized debates over America’s past, as well as how school textbooks and popular histories often reinforce rather than correct historical mistakes. A book that “explores the truth behind the stories of the making of our nation” (National Public Radio), this revised edition of Founding Myths will be a welcome resource for anyone seeking to separate historical fact from fiction.

Words of the Founding Fathers

Words of the Founding Fathers
Selected Quotations of Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton, with Sources

by Steve Coffman

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2012-08-02
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN : 0786485000
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This collection gathers quotations, passages and documents attributed to America’s six essential founders. Topics include liberty, religion, revolution, republican government, the constitution, education, commerce, class, war and peace, and the disenfranchised (slaves, Native Americans and women). Each quotation is sourced and quoted fully enough for the reader to discern its historical and philosophical context.

First Family

First Family
Abigail and John Adams

by Joseph J. Ellis

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2010-10-26
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0307594319
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning, best-selling author of Founding Brothers and His Excellency brings America’s preeminent first couple to life in a moving and illuminating narrative that sweeps through the American Revolution and the republic’s tenuous early years. John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both Adamses were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was clearly the more gifted of the two), and over the years they exchanged more than twelve hundred letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story. Ellis describes the first meeting between the two as inauspicious—John was twenty-four, Abigail just fifteen, and each was entirely unimpressed with the other. But they soon began a passionate correspondence that resulted in their marriage five years later. Over the next decades, the couple were separated nearly as much as they were together. John’s political career took him first to Philadelphia, where he became the boldest advocate for the measures that would lead to the Declaration of Independence. Yet in order to attend the Second Continental Congress, he left his wife and children in the middle of the war zone that had by then engulfed Massachusetts. Later he was sent to Paris, where he served as a minister to the court of France alongside Benjamin Franklin. These years apart stressed the Adamses’ union almost beyond what it could bear: Abigail grew lonely, while the Adams children suffered from their father’s absence. John was elected the nation’s first vice president, but by the time of his reelection, Abigail’s health prevented her from joining him in Philadelphia, the interim capital. She no doubt had further reservations about moving to the swamp on the Potomac when John became president, although this time he persuaded her. President Adams inherited a weak and bitterly divided country from George Washington. The political situation was perilous at best, and he needed his closest advisor by his side: “I can do nothing,” John told Abigail after his election, “without you.” In Ellis’s rich and striking new history, John and Abigail’s relationship unfolds in the context of America’s birth as a nation.

A Government Out of Sight

A Government Out of Sight
The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America

by Brian Balogh

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2009-04-06
  • Pages : 414
  • ISBN : 0521820979
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Government Out of Sight revises our understanding of the ways in which Americans turned to the national government throughout the nineteenth century.

The Salem Clique

The Salem Clique
Oregon's Founding Brothers

by Barbara S. Mahoney

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2017
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9780870718915
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"During the decade of the 1850s, the Oregon Territory progressed toward statehood in an atmosphere of intense political passion and conflict. Editors of rival newspapers blamed a group of young men whom they named the 'Salem Clique' for the bitter party struggles of the time. Led by Asahel Bush, editor of the Oregon Statesman, the Salem Clique was accused of dictatorship, corruption, and the intention of imposing slavery on the Territory. The Clique, critics maintained, even conspired to establish a government separate from the United States, conceivably a 'bigamous Mormon republic.' While not in agreement with some of the more extreme contemporary accusations against the Clique, many historians have concluded that its members were vicious and unscrupulous men who were able, because of their command of the Democratic Party, to impose their hegemony on the Oregon Territory's inhabitants. Other scholars have seen them as merely another manifestation of the contentious politics of the period. Although the Salem Clique has been given considerable prominence in nearly every account of Oregon's Territorial period, there has not been a detailed study of its role until now. What sort of people were these men? What was their impact on the issues, events, and movements of the period? What role did they play in the years after Oregon became a state? Historian Barbara Mahoney sets out to answer these and many other questions in this comprehensive and deeply researched history"--Publisher description.

Governor Alexander Martin

Governor Alexander Martin
Biography of a North Carolina Revolutionary War Statesman

by Charles D. Rodenbough

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2015-06-08
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1476610576
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Governor Alexander Martin of North Carolina was one of the most important figures in the colonial and early state history of North Carolina. A 1756 graduate of Princeton, he was the first president of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina. He served longer as governor of the state than any other person until the election of Luther Hodges in the 20th century. He was conferred an honorary doctorate by Princeton and elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society while he was a U.S. senator. While in the Senate, he fought successfully to open the Senate to the public. He was one of five North Carolina delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He was a friend and protector of the Moravians and other non-conformists. He was the most powerful and effective leader from the frontier region of North Carolina for a quarter of a century. The first chapters of this biography discuss Martin’s parents and their high regard for education, his time at Princeton, and his arrival in North Carolina in 1760. The next chapters explore Martin’s and Rev. David Caldwell’s effort to prevent bloodshed during Governor Tryon’s confrontation with the Regulators that led up to the Battle of Alamance, Martin’s experiences in the war as second in command of the North Carolina Regiment, his election as senator from Guilford County to the General Assembly in 1777, and his much-celebrated election as governor in 1781. The final three chapters of the book include information about his years in the U.S. Senate, his retirement at his home “Danbury” in Rockingham, North Carolina, his relationship with his family and his very detailed last will and testament. His home, “Danbury,” later gave its name to Danbury, North Carolina, in Stokes County, which his nephews helped found about 1848, long after his death.

China and the Founding of the United States

China and the Founding of the United States
The Influence of Traditional Chinese Civilization

by Dave Xueliang Wang

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN : 1793644365
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book examines the influence of China on the founding of the United States. The author analyzes how the Founding Fathers recognized China's distinct approaches to agriculture, architecture, and philosophy and drew from them as they sought to establish a political identity and heritage for the United States.

Writing the Declaration of Independence

Writing the Declaration of Independence
A Book

by Joseph J. Ellis

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2015-06-30
  • Pages : 50
  • ISBN : 1101971401
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A colorful, enlightening account of how Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the road to July 4: a selection from Joseph J. Ellis’s American Sphinx, winner of the National Book Award. How did the newest and youngest member of Virginia’s delegation to the Constitutional Congress come to write the founding document of the American project? In “Writing the Declaration of Independence,” Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Joseph J. Ellis outlines the life of the document and the road to its adoption on July 4. From Jefferson’s arrival in Philadelphia in 1775 in an ornate carriage along with four horses and three slaves, to a fascinating guided tour of the drafts and discussions (including the importance of a good speaking voice, the theatricality of Patrick Henry, and Jefferson’s tortured, ultimately discarded section blaming the king for American slavery), this is the true history of Independence Day.

Proof!

Proof!
How the World Became Geometrical

by Amir Alexander

  • Publisher : Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release : 2019-09-10
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0374714126
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An eye-opening narrative of how geometric principles fundamentally shaped our world On a cloudy day in 1413, a balding young man stood at the entrance to the Cathedral of Florence, facing the ancient Baptistery across the piazza. As puzzled passers-by looked on, he raised a small painting to his face, then held a mirror in front of the painting. Few at the time understood what he was up to; even he barely had an inkling of what was at stake. But on that day, the master craftsman and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi would prove that the world and everything within it was governed by the ancient science of geometry. In Proof!, the award-winning historian Amir Alexander traces the path of the geometrical vision of the world as it coursed its way from the Renaissance to the present, shaping our societies, our politics, and our ideals. Geometry came to stand for a fixed and unchallengeable universal order, and kings, empire-builders, and even republican revolutionaries would rush to cast their rule as the apex of the geometrical universe. For who could doubt the right of a ruler or the legitimacy of a government that drew its power from the immutable principles of Euclidean geometry? From the elegant terraces of Versailles to the broad avenues of Washington, DC and on to the boulevards of New Delhi and Manila, the geometrical vision was carved into the landscape of modernity. Euclid, Alexander shows, made the world as we know it possible.