Summary Of Founding Brothers : The Revolutionary Generation By Joseph J. Ellis

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Augusto Useche
Mr. O’Grady
AP US History
12 August 2015
Summer Book Review Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Joseph J. Ellis ' work concentrates on crucial events after the Revolutionary war in the young nation of America. The writer unbiasedly analyzes vital moments in the lives of the Founding Fathers and how relationships between them influenced and were influenced by the unstable era in which they happened to live in. Through the six chapters and preface, Ellis examines the key revolutionary leaders, the problems they faced, their ideas and thoughts on these issues, and how they were human and capable of failure, not just legendary figures destined for success. Ellis describes the many ongoing motives for the Hamilton-Burr duel, the political ideas and compromises on handling the new nation’s economy, the controversy on the issue of slavery, George Washington’s Farewell Address and his legacy, the collaboration between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, their political rivalry, and finally their reconciled friendship. The most famous duel in the history of the United States is highlighted and explored in the first chapter of Ellis’ Founding Brothers. Ellis divulges his ongoing search for the hard cold facts and uncovers one of the clearest pictures and analyzations of what happened before, during and after the duel, through his analysis of various versions of the story. On a July morning, on a cliff near the
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