Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
- Publish Date: 2002-02-05
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Joseph J. Ellis
In this landmark work of history, the National Book Awardâwinning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individualsâHamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madisonâconfronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.
The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathersâre-examined here as Founding Brothersâcombined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodesâHamilton and Burrâs deadly duel, Washingtonâs precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adamsâ administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, Franklinâs attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madisonâs attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adamsâ famous correspondenceâFounding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nationâs history.