Summary Of Joseph Ellis's Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

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In Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Joseph Ellis, Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Ellis explores many events and problems faced by the Founding Fathers as the United States seeks a new form of government. Ellis quotes Tom Paine, an English-born political philosopher, by saying “claimed that it was simply a matter of common sense that an island could not rule a continent”(Ellis, 3). Principles were at stake while the country was at a constant state of war with other countries, including the mother country England. Ellis paints many mental pictures of the American revolutionaries and their troubled hardships while maintaining balanced decisions on quite decisive events that were later to be shaping the ideas of politics and those around it from following states to…show more content…
The founding fathers had no idea that they would win the war, showing that they are fighting for their strong beliefs even though history has it hard to distinguish between luck or fate for the United States. Following the preface into chapter 1, the readers can tell that this chapter is not in chronological order as it shows his insight to his thesis and to persuade the reader to engage more and continue the book. Ellis noted that the founding fathers feared civil war from a breakdown in the federal government leaving a famous “Duel,” referring to the chapter’s title, between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The author establishes the stakes that these men faced for the government of the present and for the future of the United States not knowing the impacts they we’re about to make. Ellis’s research compels the knowledge for factual truth and uses precise detail to support his theory in order to create a balance between reality and

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