Founding Brothers Book Essay
“No event in American history which was so improbable at the time has seemed as inevitable in retrospect as the American Revolution” (3).That is how the book Founding Brothers, By Joseph J. Ellis begins. This book is about the founding fathers lives and the post-revolutionary America. The book itself tells of the bonds each one of the founding fathers and how they influenced each other in different ways. There are six chapters and one preference chapter. Each of the chapters tells of important things during the Post-revolutionary war period.
This is the Presence, the first chapter called “The Generation”. Ellis tells of how the relationships between the founding fathers influenced American history. This is through trying to make the reader understand the founding fathers to separate fact from fiction. This is through telling the reader that the founders won the war through luck, intellect and perseverance. He also tells of how the US is the longest surviving republic in the world. He also tells of how the revolutionary war was in different perspectives. An example was some of the founders thought America can unify and become an economic power while others just wanted to secede from England. He then talks about 1787 and how the American Constitution was made and then about how George Washington formed a new country under his leadership. This all sets the stage for the rest of the book.
The first true Chapter is “The Dual”. This is about the most famous duel in American history. The dual was between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The dual took place on July 11, 1804 on the plains of Weehawken, New Jersey. During the dual Hamilton was mortally wounded and Burr was unharmed. Ellis then talks about wh...
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...with each other. After some time though, the two started corresponding with each other. In which they discussed their competing views of the Revolutionary period, current events, and the country's future. Their long friendship ended on July 4, 1826, the nation's 50th Independence Day, and the day on which they both died.
So in conclusion, the book Founding Brothers is a book on American history. Ellis tells us about some of the most famous events of the post-revolutionary America. These events span from the Hamilton/Burr duel to Washington’s Farewell Address. He also tells about the lives of the founders. Like Jefferson and Adams friendship. He even talks about how to govern the country the way the founders wanted. Like abolishing slavery and making political agendas. So in all The Founding Brothers book is the book on the greatest event in the history of the world.