Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation By

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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis Published in October of 2000, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis argues the idea that “the American revolution occurred suddenly rather than gradually, in revolutionary rather than evolutionary fashion” (pg. 5). He illustrates his point by depicting the life and times of political and intellectual giants of the late 18th century, such as Abigail and John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. Going against the popular notion that westward expansion of a separate American nation, free from British rule, was an inevitable event in history, Joseph J. Ellis weaves a tapestry of six American revolutionary historical events. Through these historical events, Ellis reveals not only the daily political, economical, and military strife faced by the “Revolutionary Generation”, but also investigates the founding fathers reasoning behind their actions, thoughts, and interrelationships between one another. For each of the six historical events that are covered, there are accordingly six chapters to his book. Each chapter delves into the personal lives and political agendas of the American forefathers. This book gives particularly close attention to, John and Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. This style f writing makes sense for him to use, since Ellis has written a number of other biographical books about these two men and their counterparts, such as American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson and Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams, both critically acclaimed and regarded as two of the best books on our second and third presidents. Ellis’ juxtaposition of these seemingly
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