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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Joseph J. Ellis (2000)

Historian Joseph Ellis turns his lens on the fraternity of founding fathers to examine six turning points in early U.S. history: Washington’s farewell address; the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr; power couple John and Abigail Adams; Thomas Jefferson’s secret dinner to negotiate the location of the nation’s capital; punting the issue of slavery to a future generation; and the resolution of one of the most famous fractured friendships in American lore (John Adams and Thomas Jefferson). I found his exploration of these events–some familiar, others less so–an interesting and often entertaining way to survey this period of history.

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