Founding Brothers By Joseph J. Ellis

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In the book “Founding Brothers” by Joseph J. Ellis, he explores the challenges faced by the Founding Fathers in a series of 6 defining events as they formed a new government for the U.S. after the revolution. Focusing on the more important figures from the revolutionary era, who he calls “Founding Brothers”, a slight change from the original “Founding Fathers”. They are as follows: George Washington, John and Abigale Adams, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Arron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin. In this book there’s 7 sections, each showing a different problem, which Ellis tries to explain in a neutral perspective using both foresight and hindsight. He tries to show the sense of urgency of the issues faced while providing a better perspective using the centuries of hindsight acquired. He tries to focus on the different relationships the men had and how they were influenced by the events and each other during this very formative chapter of the country. “Founding Brothers” is a non-fiction novel in which Ellis attempts to focus on the highlighted events in both post-revolutionary times and the lives of the Founding Fathers. He attempts to address each specific relationship and how they were impacted by the harsh times in which they lived. The 7 sections in the book allows deeper hindsight and foresight into specific matters so we may better understand the hardships these men were subjected to, as well as history’s opinions of them. Ellis shows his intentions
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