Joseph J. Ellis Founding Brothers

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Joseph J. Ellis’ book, Founding Brothers, is a historical analyzation of six stories that Ellis believes had a crucial impact on American history. Although Ellis finds all six of these stories important, I believe three of them are more meaningful than the rest. The Dinner, The Silence, and The Friendship have the most significance to American history, while The Dual isn’t as important. The chapters I believe are of most importance go over critical moments in history such as; the dinner when Thomas Jefferson dominates a conversation between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, the 1790 controversy over slavery, and when Adams and Jefferson finally get back together after their political careers.
Jefferson, in hopes of Hamilton and Madison looking past their differences, held The Dinner. He had hoped they could make amends and come to an agreement. The Dinner was a success and the men agreed that Madison would not go against Hamilton’s financial plan and Hamilton would situate the new capitol on the Potomac River. This just shows that Ellis’ proposition that the Founding Brothers contradicting opinions balanced each other out is true. The men even wrote, “The
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The Duel, the first chapter of the book, was significant to the book but not in American history. The Duel between Burr and Hamilton served as a good way to seize the reader’s attention but otherwise it was of little significance. Ellis believed if the dual had not happened, it would have turned into a war due to the Founding Brothers fear of the federal government falling. Ellis describes their dual as a “Momentary breakdown in the dominant pattern of nonviolent conflict within the American revolutionary generation” (39). Although The Dual was more than just a conflict between two men, no war came from it and it didn’t have an immense impact on American

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