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American creation : triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the republic / Joseph J. Ellis.

Author/creator Ellis, Joseph J.
Format Book and Print
Edition1st ed.
Publication InfoNew York : A. A. Knopf, 2007.
Descriptionxi, 283 pages ; 25 cm
Supplemental Content Table of contents only
Abstract An ironic examination of the founding years of our country. Historian Ellis guides us through the decisive issues of the nation's founding, and illuminates the emerging philosophies, shifting alliances, and personal and political foibles of our now iconic leaders. He explains how the idea of a strong federal government, championed by Washington, was eventually embraced by the American people, the majority of whom had to be won over. And he details the emergence of the two-party system--then a political novelty--which today stands as the founders' most enduring legacy. But Ellis is equally incisive about their failures, making clear how their inability to abolish slavery and to reach a just settlement with the Native Americans has played an equally important role in shaping our national character. Ellis strips the mythic veneer of the revolutionary generation to reveal men possessed of both brilliance and blindness.--From publisher description.
Local noteTRC copies paid for by the Picturing America Grant, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
General note"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2007005273

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