The Founding Fathers Summary

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The topic of the book varies within each chapter, but in all, every chapter is about the founding fathers. From the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, to the friendship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The author, Joseph J. Ellis, a father of three sons, was born in Washington D.C. He is perceived as one of the nation’s leading American history scholars. Ellis attended Yale University and College of William and Mary. He has written nine books, and has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this book and won the National Book Award for a biography of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx. Much of his commentaries have been featured in tv networks, such as: CBS, CSPAN, CNN, and PBS. He has taught in Honors College at the University of …show more content…
He said “The Quaker petition for an end of the slave trade was really a stalking horse for a more radical and thoroughgoing scheme to end the institution of slavery itself.” On February 12, another petition arrived in the House, but this one was special. Benjamin Franklin had signed it. His endorsement of the petition effectively assured that the Madisonian strategy was not going to work. A debate soon took place with Thomas Scott, Andrew Jackson, William Loughton Smith, Abraham Baldwin, Elbridge Gerry, John Page. Ellis then goes on talking about the history of slavery. Next, is the Farewell Address of George Washington. Americans described George Washington as the “Father of the Country.” It is said that when he “spoke of destiny, people listened.” “On September 19, 1796 an article addressed to “the PEOPLE of the United States” appeared on the inside pages of the American Daily Advertiser” Every major newspaper in the country had reprinted. There was one newspaper that gave the famous name of “Washington’s Farewell Address,” the Courier of New Hampshire. Immediately people of that time began debating whether he himself wrote the farewell address or Alexander Hamilton. True to his week on “December 22 1783, Washington surrendered his commission into the …show more content…
The descriptions are very detailed especially the first chapter. The author didn’t hesitate to discuss how Burr and Hamilton were dressed and their facial expression. Second, before or after the main topic, Elise talks about the history or information that can better help us understand the subject. The most enjoyable part was the discussion of the abolishment of slavery in Chapter Three. The abolishment of slavery is a compelling subject. The book filled some unknown information about how the abolishment of slavery first came to arise. All topics had a lot of content, a little too much in certain chapters. The only parts that were not enjoyable were when the author would often talk about one subject then go to another without telling the reader and going back to the first subject. This would often be confusing. The author could have focused more on saying when he would go to time of year or subject like in the beginning of the book. New knowledge was gained from the book. Turns out the founding fathers weren’t so great.One of the founding fathers got into a duel. They would also have secretive meetings or “dinners” to discuss deals. Third, Andrew Jackson did not want to abolish slavery. The constitution at one time did not allow laws passed for abolishment of slavery. I would recommend this for adult audiences. I would recommend the book in general, but only towards people who history is their

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