Summary Of Joseph J. Ellis Founding Brothers

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In Joseph J. Ellis’ book, Founding Brothers, Ellis uses the relationships between the founding fathers and how their interactions with one another further the development of a new nation. To illustrate this idea, Ellis uses 6 short stories centered on the founding fathers to provide examples on how the distinctive relationships each father had facilitated the cohesive bond between 13 separate colonies. By demonstrating these relationships and how they formed the political landscape, he brings up the argument that the Revolutionary War is not solely what formed the new nation. He demonstrates this through a series of short stories illustrating how relationships can affect decision making and while he proved this due to his writing style, his effectiveness was diminished. Founding Brothers retells stories Joseph J. Ellis deemed of high importance to the relationships required to shape the new nation. Ellis suggests that without the connection, positive or negative, between the founding fathers, the United States wouldn’t have been formed as expertly as it was. He mentions, “Lincoln once said that America was founded on a proposition that was written by Jefferson in 1776. We are really…show more content…
On the unbiased side, there are lifelong friends Jefferson and Adams. This duo disagreed every so often, but could acknowledge when the other was presenting a good point. The relationship they had proved to positively affect the denial or acceptance of new notions. Ellis also presents Burr and Hamilton; they disagreed on absolutely everything. Their relationship prevented them from seeing any merit in what the other had to say. Ellis uses these two distinctive relationships, one at the beginning of the book and one at the end, to further express his views on relationships and their political

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