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In retrospect it seems as if the American Revolution was inevitable But was it In Founding Brothers Joseph J Ellis reveals that many of those truths we hold to be self evident were actually fiercely contested in the early days of the republic Ellis focuses on six crucial moments in the life of the new nation including a secret dinner at which the seat of the nation's capital was determined in exchange for support of Hamilton's financial plan; Washington's precedent setting Farewell Address; and t. While reading the first part of this book I wished Aaron Burr had shot me

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He Hamilton and Burr duel Most interesting perhaps is the debate still dividing scholars today over the meaning of the Revolution In a fascinating chapter on the renewed friendship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson at the end of their lives Ellis points out the fundamental differences between the Republicans who saw the Revolution as a liberating act and hold the Declaration of Independence most sacred and the Federalists who saw the revolution as a step in the building of American nationho. What an exciting book Ellis conducts you right into the political chaos of the early republic when the revolutionary fraternity was splintering in feuds faction and duels which are preferable to purges terrors and nights of long knives The very idea of a legitimate opposition did not yet exist in the political culture of the 1790s and the evolution of political parties was proceeding in an environment that continued to regard the word party as an epithet In effect the leadership of the revolutionary generation lacked a vocabulary adeuate to describe the politics they were inventingLacking a consensus on what the American Revolution had intended and what the Constitution had settled Federalists and Republicans alike were afloat on a sea of mutual accusations and partisan interpretations The center could not hold because it did not existThe old warhorse Washington had offered the semblance of a center but in his second term as president Treasury Secretary Hamilton s fiscal plans and the brokering of a British skewed neutrality in the French Revolutionary Wars pushed Washington s fellow Virginians Madison and Jefferson into the opposition Ellis argues that Washington s experience of the army as a social adhesive availed him of a visionary nationalism that non veterans like Madison and Jefferson simply could not comprehend Washington said of the war a century in the ordinary intercourse would not have accomplished what seven years association in arms did Washington s remark echoes in the decision of President Taylor another Virginian general to admit California as a free state in 1850 an act seen as a class betrayal by other Southern slaveholders McPherson writes Forty years in the army had given Old Rough and Ready a national rather than sectional perspective Washington s realistic valuation of the federal government as a social adhesive and the fiscal military organizer of the coming scramble west contrasted with Jefferson s dreamy attachment to a static Encyclop die plate republic founded on the fancied commercial innocence of the American farmer just as Washington s foreign policy which bet shrewdly on Britain as the superpower of the coming century contrasted with Jefferson s romantic mist of Anglophobia Francophily and abiding faith in the Utopian promise of the French Revolution Note the sentimental hysteria the Manichean bravado in what Jefferson wrote a friend about the Reign of Terror The liberty of the whole earth was depending on the issue of that contest and was ever such a prize won with so little blood My own affections have been deeply wounded by some of the martyrs to this cause but rather than it should have failed I would rather have seen half the earth desolated Were there but an Adam and Eve left in every country and left free it would be better than it is now He seems to reach across the years and grasp Sartre and Louis Aragon by the hand In Ellis s portrayal Jefferson s personality is one compartmentalized with a view to containing and denying to himself awareness of his undignified ambitions and behavior And for the American slaveholder the pricer of souls in the land of liberty what reuisite features than compartments and denial Beginning with the first political challenges to slavery in the 1790s to which Ellis devotes an absorbing chapter slaveholders defended the institution by calling it the sole check against race mixing Meanwhile what was observed down on the plantation Rainbow harems and broods of beige bastards This book is the first substantive thing I ve read on John Adams and I like him Ellis writes that his was an iconoclastic and contrarian temperament that relished alienation a temperament destined to become a family pattern great grandson Henry would inherit a nervous brilliance mismatched to his or any time Adams correspondence is full of trenchant deconstructions of the mythic revolutionary narrative then solidifying in the public mind I like his historically informed disabused mercurial style his suspicion of the illusory euality that democracy seems to offer his wariness before the rigidity and abstraction of French Revolutionary ideology And though he like all the Founders save Franklin agreed to an official silence on slavery that powder keg nested in the foundations restless apprehensions gleam through This subject is vast and ominous More than fifty years has it attracted my thoughts and given me much anxiety A folio volume would not contain my lucubration on this subject And at the end of it I should leave the reader and myself as much at a loss what to do with it as at the beginningI could easily trade The Education of Henry Adams with its sour stylistic monotony for that lucubratory folioPurely for his reputation in posterity Alexander Hamilton was lucky to have been killed in that duel Aaron Burr thereby assumes the mantle of Dangerous Man Cataline of the republic and Hamilton s flirtations with Bonapartism fade into the background Hamilton undermined President Adams by manipulating his cabinet behind the scenes and while Adams pursued a peace treaty with the French whose privateers had been seizing American ships in the West Indies Hamilton was agitating for war Adams was following another of Washington s recommendations 20 years minimum of growth and consolidation before we tangle with a European power Hamilton was then Inspector General of the New Army and planned with the outbreak of war to lead a chastising march through Jeffersonian Virginia en route to seize Florida Louisiana and even grandiosely Mexico and Peru Those are big dreams Hamilton wanted to do himself and in one campaign what would take Napoleon in a giving mood Jefferson in a nation building mood Zachary Taylor Winfield Scott Grant Sherman and six subseuent decades to accomplish Adams conclusion of a treaty with France abolished the prospect of such folly Ellis leaves one with so many images Abigail Adams overhears the ex president cursing his enemies as he works in the fields alongside the hired men James Callender the scandalmongering pamphleteer Jefferson hired to smear Adams before the 1800 election languishes accused of libel in a Richmond jail where he hears rumors of Jefferson s slave mistress rumors he publishes once he decides the payment for his hatchet job on Adams is inadeuate Washington gallops along the Potomac sighting the prospects of the capitol to bear his name James Madison at the Constitutional Convention confides to his diary the observation that the States were divided into different interests not by their difference of size but principally from their having or not having slaves It did not lie between the large and small States it lay between the Northern and Southern Red Tail (Travis Trilogy you right into the political chaos of the early republic when the revolutionary fraternity was splintering in feuds faction and duels which are preferable to purges terrors and nights of long knives The very idea of a legitimate opposition did not Promises in Tumble Creek yet exist in the political culture of the 1790s and the evolution of political parties was proceeding in an environment that continued to regard the word party as an epithet In effect the leadership of the revolutionary generation lacked a vocabulary adeuate to describe the politics they were inventingLacking a consensus on what the American Revolution had intended and what the Constitution had settled Federalists and Republicans alike were afloat on a sea of mutual accusations and partisan interpretations The center could not hold because it did not existThe old warhorse Washington had offered the semblance of a center but in his second term as president Treasury Secretary Hamilton s fiscal plans and the brokering of a British skewed neutrality in the French Revolutionary Wars pushed Washington s fellow Virginians Madison and Jefferson into the opposition Ellis argues that Washington s experience of the army as a social adhesive availed him of a visionary nationalism that non veterans like Madison and Jefferson simply could not comprehend Washington said of the war a century in the ordinary intercourse would not have accomplished what seven Mischief and Marriage years association in arms did Washington s remark echoes in the decision of President Taylor another Virginian general to admit California as a free state in 1850 an act seen as a class betrayal by other Southern slaveholders McPherson writes Forty Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, years and grasp Sartre and Louis Aragon by the hand In Ellis s portrayal Jefferson s personality is one compartmentalized with a view to containing and denying to himself awareness of his undignified ambitions and behavior And for the American slaveholder the pricer of souls in the land of liberty what reuisite features than compartments and denial Beginning with the first political challenges to slavery in the 1790s to which Ellis devotes an absorbing chapter slaveholders defended the institution by calling it the sole check against race mixing Meanwhile what was observed down on the plantation Rainbow harems and broods of beige bastards This book is the first substantive thing I ve read on John Adams and I like him Ellis writes that his was an iconoclastic and contrarian temperament that relished alienation a temperament destined to become a family pattern great grandson Henry would inherit a nervous brilliance mismatched to his or any time Adams correspondence is full of trenchant deconstructions of the mythic revolutionary narrative then solidifying in the public mind I like his historically informed disabused mercurial style his suspicion of the illusory euality that democracy seems to offer his wariness before the rigidity and abstraction of French Revolutionary ideology And though he like all the Founders save Franklin agreed to an official silence on slavery that powder keg nested in the foundations restless apprehensions gleam through This subject is vast and ominous More than fifty Her Husbands Christmas Bargain years has it attracted my thoughts and given me much anxiety A folio volume would not contain my lucubration on this subject And at the end of it I should leave the reader and myself as much at a loss what to do with it as at the beginningI could easily trade The Education of Henry Adams with its sour stylistic monotony for that lucubratory folioPurely for his reputation in posterity Alexander Hamilton was lucky to have been killed in that duel Aaron Burr thereby assumes the mantle of Dangerous Man Cataline of the republic and Hamilton s flirtations with Bonapartism fade into the background Hamilton undermined President Adams by manipulating his cabinet behind the scenes and while Adams pursued a peace treaty with the French whose privateers had been seizing American ships in the West Indies Hamilton was agitating for war Adams was following another of Washington s recommendations 20 The Geography of Witchcraft years minimum of growth and consolidation before we tangle with a European power Hamilton was then Inspector General of the New Army and planned with the outbreak of war to lead a chastising march through Jeffersonian Virginia en route to seize Florida Louisiana and even grandiosely Mexico and Peru Those are big dreams Hamilton wanted to do himself and in one campaign what would take Napoleon in a giving mood Jefferson in a nation building mood Zachary Taylor Winfield Scott Grant Sherman and six subseuent decades to accomplish Adams conclusion of a treaty with France abolished the prospect of such folly Ellis leaves one with so many images Abigail Adams overhears the ex president cursing his enemies as he works in the fields alongside the hired men James Callender the scandalmongering pamphleteer Jefferson hired to smear Adams before the 1800 election languishes accused of libel in a Richmond jail where he hears rumors of Jefferson s slave mistress rumors he publishes once he decides the payment for his hatchet job on Adams is inadeuate Washington gallops along the Potomac sighting the prospects of the capitol to bear his name James Madison at the Constitutional Convention confides to his diary the observation that the States were divided into different interests not by their difference of size but principally from their having or not having slaves It did not lie between the large and small States it lay between the Northern and Southern

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Od and hold the Constitution most dear Throughout the text Ellis explains the personal face to face nature of early American politics and notes that the members of the revolutionary generation were conscious of the fact that they were establishing precedents on which future generations would rely In Founding Brothers Ellis whose American Sphinx won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1997 has written an elegant and engaging narrative sure to become a classic Highly recommended Sunny Delaney. I picked this up in high school trying to impress myself with how learned I could be I really wasn t prepared for how much I enjoyed this book I didn t think I was going to read than a bit of it Instead I read it cover to cover and did it in less than two weeks Which for a book about revolutionary war history is pretty unusual for me This book deserves all the awards it got It s impressively researched fascinating shows sides to these men that I never would have learned about otherwise It read like a novel to me Except it s true Which is SO MUCH BETTER If you have any interest at all in the time period or history in general read it I promise you won t be disappointed Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose you have any interest at all in the time period or history in general read it I promise Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers you won t be disappointed


10 thoughts on “Founding Brothers The Revolutionary Generation

  1. says:

    While reading the first part of this book I wished Aaron Burr had shot me

  2. says:

    This book was the first book that ever made me cry because it was too hard to read pleasurably I felt like the author took stories we all already know about and locked himself in a dark room with a thesaurus and babelfish and used the LOLZCATZ approach to writing only in historese I frustra cried it was that bad I felt dou

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    You would figure that the history of America’s “Revolutionary Era” would be milked dry by now and the stories of its players a

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    And so while Hamilton and his followers could claim that the compromise permitted the core features of his financial plan t

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    What an exciting book Ellis cond

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    Ellis gives us six insightful vignettes of leaders of the early American Republic The author reminds us that the founders did not know whether their creation would last They did know that it was historic that it was fragile and that it was a bold experiment We have to judge them and their actions in that context in light of what they knew no

  7. says:

    Ellis doesn't write bad history and this effort is no exception An effort that illuminates the real men that our founders we

  8. says:

    I picked this up in high school trying to impress myself with how learned I could be I really wasn't prepared for how much I enjoyed this book I didn't think I was going to read than a bit of it Instead I read it cover to cover and did it in less than two weeks Which for a book about revolutionary war history is pretty unusual for me This book deserves all the awards it got It's impressively researched fascinating show

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    I think giving this book five stars actually does a disservice to the author It deserves 20 Joesph Ellis' work Founding Brothers The Revolutionary Generation is a wonderful narrative that immerses the reader in the minds of the founders of the United States of America and explores the conseuences of their actions or inactionsEllis divides the book into six chapters each revolving around a pivotal point in time or around