Joseph J. Ellis' Founding Brothers : The Revoluntary Generation

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Joseph J. Ellis' Founding Brothers : The Revoluntary Generation The compelling and infectious novel of Founding Brothers; The Revolutionary Generation written by Joseph J. Ellis combines our founding fathers weakness’ and strongest abilities in just six chapters. His six chapters tell the stories of: The duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. This entertaining chapter describes how duels were undertaken and played out in that time, and helps the reader understand both men's motives. The dinner which Thomas Jefferson held for Alexander Hamilton and James Madison in June 1790. This featured one of the greatest political compromises in American history. The silence throughout our formative years given to the most…show more content…
It is believed that Hamilton fired first, but that he intentionally aimed to miss Burr, which he did. It is believed that Burr fired two shots, one of which of which was a fatal wound to Hamilton, entering 4 inches above his hip, ricocheting of his rib cage, piercing his liver and diaphragm a lodging in his spinal cord. It is not certain the exact order of events. Some say Burr fired and hit Hamilton, which caused Hamilton to fire and errant shot, then Burr fired a second which was also a miss. Hamilton died in the afternoon of the next day, and has been considered a martyr in the cause of federalism. Burr was then treated as the new Benedict Arnold. In the events taking place during a dinner party held at the estate of Thomas Jefferson, between Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton, and southern Congressman James Madison. Hamilton was trying to get congress to approve his plan to restore the public credit. Madison agreed to permit the core provision of Hamilton’s fiscal program ; and in return Hamilton agrees to use his influence to assure that the permanent residence of the national capital would be on the Potomac River. A few months before Jefferson held his dinner party for Hamilton and Madison something happened in Congress that no one had ever anticipated. ‘It was and embarrassing intrusion’ as the political leadership considered

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