Founding Brothers

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The American Revolution was most likely the greatest accomplishment in the history of the United States of America. Joseph J. Ellis wrote “Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation” to demonstrate the way that Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington interacted. The main events Ellis focuses on are the duel between Burr and Hamilton, the secret dinner between Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison, Benjamin Franklin’s petition to end slavery, Washington’s farewell address, Adams’ difficulties throughout becoming the second president, and discusses Adams and Jefferson’s different views about the Revolution during the end of their lives. He focuses mainly on those six events so the reader knows what really may have happened instead of what we learn is the truth. It gives a different perspective of history overall and makes them question things that they normally wouldn’t. Joseph J. Ellis wrote this book and chose these specific people because although they shared different thoughts and opinions, the seven founding brothers collaborated when they needed to by accepting each other’s ideas. They weren’t perfect and had flaws, but they knew importance of the choices they needed to make, even when they disagreed on thing. Most importantly they were intelligent and knew what they needed to do to get things done. Each moment was crucial to the way that America is today. Ellis’s argument is that the American Revolution was the most important event in history. “No event in American history which was so improbable at the time has seemed so inevitable in retrospect as the American Revolution” (Ellis 3). He spends a lot of time explaining this in the preface of the book. He explains how most people thought that breaking away from Britain would be quite simple, however, many things could have gone wrong. The founding brothers knew that it would be difficult. Most of the things that these...
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