The Revolutionary Generation By Joseph Ellis

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Joseph Ellis, author of "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation" is a man of great knowledge. Ellis won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel and has won a National Book Award for a biography on Jefferson. Additionally, Ellis is a New York Times Bestseller and has had several of his works and critics published on The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. Ellis has also appeared on commentaries such as CBS, CSPAN, CNN, and PBS because of his scholar in American history. Ellis studied attended received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary (1965) and earned a Master of Arts, a Master of Philosophy, and a Ph.D from Yale University. Ellis was a…show more content…
Additionally, topics of slavery and the different perspectives were Moreover, Ellis’ novel is based around the foundation of how our great nation had come to be and how its systems and political affiliations were a major influence for the country. To summarize, in Ellis’ first chapter called “The Duel,” illustrates the feud between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The famous duel which was illegal at the time, had taken place on July 11.1804 in Weehawken, New Jersey. To add, the two men did not like each other because of the fact that Burr was a prideful and ignorant man who went against his Democratic-Republican party. To explain, the reason for the Burr not liking Hamilton was that he had told other members in the House that Jefferson was the better candidate for President. Burr, who could not get over the fact that Hamilton did such a thing, called Hamilton out. Hamilton could not turn down the duel because he did not want to be perceived differently. Ellis mentioned the duel was under the system of “code duello” where ten paces were taken and then shots were fired. It was known that these two were polar opposites in their ideals and characteristics. Furthermore, Hamilton was the leader of the Federalist party and served under Washington as his Secretary of Treasury. On the other hand, Burr at the time of the duel was the Vice President of the United
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