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

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In his book, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Joseph J. Ellis successfully points out many valid arguments throughout each chapter of his book. Ellis has truth in each chapter and gives an insight on his methodology — investigating unique personalities to discover the historical truth of the Founding Fathers. Ellis discusses in his book about the early establishments of National Government with eight Founding Fathers, or as he calls them, the “Founding Brothers.” In each chapter of his book, he discusses events which included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Maddison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Aaron Burr and Abigail Adams. He also gives the significance behind each event, along with a little deeper insight about what is happening using his methodology. In Ellis’s book, unlike most history …show more content…

This even took place in the year 1790 which occurred before the duel between Hamilton and Burr, which occurred in 1804. Ellis continues his methodology of investigating unique personalities to discover the historical truth throughout this chapter. His research reveals that three separate meetings had been held between Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton previously to address the issue, but Ellis believes Jefferson was keeping these meetings a secret in order to emphasize his own role. Ellis later suggests that Jefferson did more than just strive to be viewed as important. He also states that the ideas of Hamilton and Madison, without a mediator, had grown to far apart to reach compromise. The fact that Madison and Jefferson later reaffirmed their relationship after the dinner, provides proof these theories are

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