'The Jefferson Interpretation' By Joseph Ellis

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In a time of political revolution, a band of mere rebels in the eyes of the world’s greatest nation sought independence. The leadership of a select few individuals in combination of many events of good luck factored to the creation of something new, the United States of America. Joseph Ellis starts out explaining the ideals leading up to the Revolutionary War. At the time the outbreak of the Revolutionary war and the declaration of independence seemed improbable; however hindsight was 20/20 and we can see that it was inevitable. Thomas Paine is noted as claiming of the impossibility of an island controlling a continent (3). If you look at the War of Independence you will start to wonder, how could we have possibly won? Well it was three things: Luck, the cockiness of the British Empire, and a balance of excellent American thinkers and leaders. There are two different ways you can view this book. The “Jefferson Interpretation”, a viewpoint of Pure Republicanism would have Jefferson at the center and Hamilton as the culprit. Then you had the Federalist interpretation which would have been headed by Hamilton (the book actually gave no name for this interpretation but…show more content…
In actuality Washington had accumulated a few after the Jay Treaty, too include Jefferson (138). Many felt Washington had overstepped his boundaries. Washington had always stressed about his image and was starting to get old. Washington had Madison and Hamilton write his farewell letter. The First section of this letter consisted of Washington explaining how the decision of his resignation was solely his and nothing or no one convinced him to resign otherwise. The rest of the letter consisted of Washington explaining why he had to use strong executive leadership and he made suggestions to the future leaders of the United States of America. Many people were upset with Washington’s decision to leave office and Washington died December 14,

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