American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

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  • American Sphinx : The Character Of Thomas Jefferson

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    American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, a biography by Joseph Ellis, encompasses many aspects of one of the most controversial and unforgettable American Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and a man of astonishing achievements, left behind a legacy of paradoxes and mysteries, which are thoroughly analyzed throughout the novel. Unlike some people, who are easily characterized and have definite opinions, Thomas Jefferson’s beliefs and intentions

  • American Sphinx The True Character Of Thomas Jefferson Analysis

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    Many books have been written about Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the Declaration of Independence, the first secretary of state the third president of the United States of America, but the majority are biographies. In the book American Sphinx: The True Character of Thomas Jefferson, author, Joseph J. Ellis, writes about the character of Thomas Jefferson, by examining his thoughts, actions, and writings in different periods of his life. Ellis starts off the first chapter of his book with what

  • American Jefferson Essay

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    “American Sphinx: The character of Thomas Jefferson” A book by Joseph J. Ellis. Copyright 1997 Vintage.            Joseph J. Ellis, a historian who was educated at the College of William and Mary and Yale, is a Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke University. He has written four books on historical topics, centered on the time Jefferson was alive, dealing with issues and personalities Jefferson dealt with firsthand. After authoring

  • The Pivotal Political Decisions On The Young American Republic Of The Late 18th Century

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    The pivotal political decisions in the young American republic of the late 18th century were made by a select few leaders. These forerunners knew each other at a personal level, and their gregariousness had a remarkable impact on the choices they made in the future. In the words of an accomplished historian and a biographer, Joseph Ellis, these crucial decisions with an astounding aftermath came about “in a sudden spasm of enforced inspiration and makeshift construction” (3). In addition, in his

  • Critical Review: American Creation

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    government that the world had not yet seen has amazed the masses of future generations to this day. What is even more mystifying is the men behind the foundation of the United States; such men as Gen. George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and many more. These men have been elevated to an almost god like status, intellectuals who just knew how and what to

  • Thomas Jefferson: More than a President Essay

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    heroines is Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence. Apart from the

  • Thomas Jefferson Was The Second President Of The United States Of America

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    Thomas Jefferson was the third president of The United States of America and one of the most influential founding fathers in American history. Thomas was born in Shadwell in Albemarle County, Virginia in 1743. His father Peter Jefferson was a well respected planter in Virginia. Not much is said about Jefferson 's early life due to the Shadwell fire. The Shadwell fire destroyed many of Jefferson 's person recollections in 1770 leaving much of his early history and his development into an American

  • The Founding Brothers By Joseph J. Ellis

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    explores challenges each of these ordinary men, our founding fathers faced as they come together to established order and declare their independence from Britain in a brave new world. Ellis an excellent story teller is one of the leading scholar of American history. He was a college professor and previously taught at the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts. He has written

  • Interpreting the Constitution (Strict vs. Loose); Jefferson and Hamilt

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    opposition political party in the United States was the Republican party, which held power, nationally, between 1801 and 1825. Those who were in favor of states rights and a strict construction of the constitution fell under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson. These Jeffersonian republicans, also known as anti-federalists, believed in strict adherence to the writings of the constitution. They wanted state's rights and individual rights, which they believed could only be granted under strict construction

  • Founding Brothers : The Revolutionary Generation Essay

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    Joseph J. Ellis, American historian and novelist has written many awards winning novels. One of his most recognized, “American Sphinx”, winner many prestigious awards such as the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 1997, and the Ambassador Book Award for Biography in 1998. His Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation”, talks about the founding fathers’ interactions with each other in the decades that followed the Constitutional Convention of 1787. During