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Founding Brothers By Joseph J Ellis Vintage Books During the 1790s which Ellis calls the most decisive decade in our nations history the greatest statesmen of their generation came together to define the new republic and direct its course for the coming centuries Ellis focuses on six moments that show the most crucial issues facing the fragile new nation Burr and Hamiltons deadly duel and what may have really happened Hamilton Jefferson and Madisons secret dinner during which the seat of the permanent capital was determined in exchange for passage of Hamiltons financial plan Benjamin Franklins petition to end the peculiar institution of slavery and Madisons efforts to squash it George Washingtons precedent-setting Farewell Address announcing his retirement from public office and offering his country some final advice Adamss difficult term as Washingtons successor and his alleged scheme to pass the presidency on to his son Finally the sixth episode covers the correspondence between Adams and Jefferson who wrote letters back and forth for over twelve years This Narrative shows the real character between these men The public was not fully shown how the founders got along during this great struggle Adams the ever-combative politician whose closest collaborator was his wife Abigail Hamiltons manner and deep economic knowledge masked his humble origins Jefferson renowned for his greatness of political thought but so reclusive that he rarely spoke more than a few sentences in public Madison small sickly shy yet one of the most effective debaters of his generation Finally the book covers George Washington one of the great symbols of our country and a true American figure The subject matter of this book is informative yet somewhat easy to read All six episodes cover with great detail how these men shaped our young country while in great turmoil The reader is shown how the politics of the late 1700s were far different from those of today The material was covered well
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