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By Joseph J. Ellis

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Acclaimed historian Joseph J. Ellis brings his exceptional abilities to this riveting account of the early years of the Republic.

The final zone of the eighteenth century continues to be the main politically artistic period in American heritage, while a devoted staff of fellows undertook a daring test in political beliefs. It used to be a time of either triumphs and tragedies—all of which contributed to the shaping of our burgeoning kingdom. Ellis casts an incisive eye at the slow velocity of the yankee Revolution and the contributions of such luminaries as Washington, Jefferson, and Madison, and brilliantly analyzes the disasters of the founders to properly remedy the issues of slavery and the remedy of local americans. With available prose and attractive eloquence, Ellis delineates in American Creation an period of fallacious greatness, at a time whilst realizing our origins is extra vital than ever.

 

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The second providential advantage was space. Washington was not referring to the distance from predatory European powers provided by the Atlantic Ocean, though on other occasions he did describe that geographic fact as a priceless asset. ”2 It was a dazzlingly prophetic statement, especially since the western border at the time was the Mississippi, not the Pacific, and no one really knew what natural resources lay out there for future development and cultivation. But the key insight was that the American republic began with physical and economic assets as well as a rich intellectual legacy of enlightened ideas.

Books on John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington, in addition to books about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, Washington’s crossing of the Delaware on Christmas night in 1776, and the founders as a self-conscious “band of brothers,” enjoyed unprecedented commercial and critical success. The source of this founders surge need not concern us here, though clearly there is an audience for serious history about our origins that the academy has largely ignored.

The only election result that counted for them, Adair argued, was posterity’s judgment, and the only way to win that vote and achieve secular immortality was to conduct themselves according to a classical code that linked their personal ambitions, which were gargantuan, to the long-term interest of the nation-in-making. Only if the United States succeeded would cities, states, and mountains be named after them. ) They were, in effect, always on their best behavior because they knew we would be watching, an idea we should find endearing because it makes us complicitous in their greatness.

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