The Founding Brothers is a historical non-fiction novel consisting of only six chapters and seven sections. However, those six chapters recap stories and key moments in post-revolutionary America. Including the unforgettable lives of our Founding Fathers, some being Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, and Hamilton.
Preface: The Generation
In the Preface of the Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis explains in the very beginning how phenomenal the founding of the United States was. According to him, it was unbelievably remarkable because the United States defeated and won against Britain. Which was the most powerful in both the navy and army at the time. But also because the U.S continued and became a unified nation with an organized…show more content… The paradox of the revolutionary era is that in defiance of the huge advantages unwillingly given by the geographic separation and generous resources of North America, the exact arguments used to defend the withdrawal from the British Empire also weakened the validity of any national government capable of managing such a widespread population, or establishing laws that tied together the thirteen independent states and three or four different geographic and economic regions. Ellis also talks about the Constitutional Convention that took place from May 25th to September 17, 1787. The Constitutional Convention was criticized for having secret sessions, and for the fact that the fifty-five delegates were chosen from the landowning best rather than a demonstration of the entire population.
The preface of the Founding Brothers sets up the chapters that follow and emphasizes the effects of the American Revolution. The fact that America had succeeded in gaining its freedom from Great Britain was looked upon with astonishment, and most people didn 't believe the inexperienced country had a chance at further success. Liabilities would include the absence of an active and organized government, and the overall belief that eventually the states would fall off and become individual beings.
Chapter 1: The…show more content… George Washington had character and was extraordinary. Ellis described Washington as an "incalculable asset." His leadership skills were unique. His actions were performed for his country, not for political gain. He was also directly associated with every major event of the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress, and the building of the new republic. Even the country 's new capitol had his name. These were some of the things that made him so special. Washington was not prideful and not easily led. He offered suggestions and warnings to his replacements and told the government to expand in a way that would keep the country standing; he was well aware of how dainty the country was. The United States would never have survived without him. In George Washington’s Farewell Address, he made a few main points. Some of the main points he stated were that there was a "need for national unity", an "independence from foreign countries", together this was "unity at home and independence abroad”. The paradox of the American Revolution relates to this because Americans fought for freedom but still owned