Forge Of Union Anvil Of Liberty Summary

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Jeffrey St. John’s third book in the trilogy, Forge of Union, Anvil of Liberty: A Correspondent 's Report on the First Federal Elections, the First Federal Congress, and the Bill of Rights, was written to show the in-depth view of how integral the three years from 1788 to 1790 were in the long-lasting development of a once weak and divided nation into one of the modern day great-powers of the world. In this novel the story is told from the first-person view of a Philadelphian newspaper correspondent, which adds a realistic and dramatized feel to the novel. The newspaper correspondent gives his narrative and opinions on matters as they unfold. The novel starts with a grand parade in Philadelphia for the Independence Day parade on July 4, 1788. …show more content…
The first main argument that he addresses is the monumental precedent that the Bill of Rights has and the complexities that come with it. Each of the amendments in the Bill of Rights has extreme importance and were meticulously selected to cover the wide array of subjects. Contrast is built between James Madison and Patrick Henry throughout the novel that shows just how different the two men were and what the motives were for the Bill of Rights. The newspaper correspondent explains that many people did not realize that neither James Madison nor Patrick Henry passionately pushed for a formal and federal Bill of Rights, but it came to be the equal ground that the majority of federalists and anti-federalists could agree upon. The federalists, such as James Monroe, wanted the ratification of the Constitution and favored a strong and federal government, while the anti-federalist, such as Patrick Henry, opposed the ratification of the Constitution and wanted a weak federal government. Therefore, the Bill of Rights was the compromise that helped lead the anti-federalists into ratifying the Constitution. The newspaper correspondent argues that the lasting impact of the Bill of Rights was that it soothed the political side of the anti-federalists and federalists for some time, but it soon led …show more content…
The large majority of the novel describes the common educated man’s opinion on the events happening through the newspaper correspondents writings. The 1st United States Congress is a new developing story the correspondents shed light on. The 1st United States Congress is started on March 4, 1789 and it is comprised of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. The Congress met in New York City and later met in Philadelphia, where the newspaper correspondent was stationed. Even though they had previously operated under the Continental Congress, this Congress was significant because it was the first Congress of the United States. The correspondent refers to how pivotal this new Congress was and the way that it would set the standard for the how the United States of America would operate its Congress and Government for years to come. The 1st United States Congress operated very well and passed many major legislations. During this brief time, the United States Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of War, and the United States Department of the Treasury; it also passed the Judiciary Act of 1789, which created the courts, district attorneys and the Attorney General. The 1st Congress of the United States during 1789 through 1790 was crucial to the formatting of the nation and it sets the foundation on which the government would

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