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"contends that four "that four are critical to nderstanding why we have a the Constitution that we now have George Washington Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay Two others contributed greatly as well Gouverneur Morris and James WilsonThis book explores how the My Fairly Dangerous Godmother (My Fair Godmother, uartetpset with the poor performance of the United States Harlem Renaissance under the Articles of Confederation labored to create a new government with a energetic national structure that would address the illsnder the Articles For instance nder the Articles the national government could reuest but not demand or enforce fiscal support from the different states Many states simply ignored this meaning that the national government never states simply ignored this meaning that the national government never the funding neededMany seem to think that George Washington was somewhat of a figurehead for others such as Hamilton and Madison This and many other books surely should end that canard Washington has been depicted by many historians as an active player in the move toward a new national government systemThe book does a nice job on a number of fronts One it highlights to active role of the artet Two it gives a sense of the politics of the Constitution that is well done well done by others too Three it shows that the Founders were not demigods but active and calculating politiciansOn the other hand some cavils At one point the author dismisses the fear of one of the Honorable Cat uartet thatnder the rules a vice presidential candidate might get electoral votes than a presidential candidate in this case Washington versus John Adams The election of 1800 shows that this was a well founded fear as VP candidate Aaron Burr was in a tie with the presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson Second limiting the key figures to just the تاريخ جهنم uartet and their alliesnderstates the relevance of others in the process such as Roger Sherman and Robert Morris Three Ellis does a nice job of demolishing critics such as Charles Beard But Beard s view was in a shambles by the 1960s Others such as Jackson Turner Main had critiues of the economic background that probably warranted consideration in this volume Forrest McDonald from a different perspective probably should be acknowledged as wellAt any rate this is a fine volume and warrants attention by readers They will learn a great deal about the origins of the United States
Under The Constitution Here Joseph Ellis Newthe Constitution here Joseph Ellis new The Apple Pie Homicide - A Cozy Mystery uartet Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783 1789 examines the United States movement from independence to nationhood following the Revolutionary War Ellis retired as Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College has written many works about early American history and has received both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer PrizeEllis short but broad thoughtful and provocative book argues that the United States did not become a nationpon winning independence but became instead a group of loosely connected separate states Ellis maintains that most people at the time lacked even a concept of national identity beyond the provincial boundaries of their communities They thought they had fought a hard war to free themselves from the distant centralizing government of Great Britain With the ineffective Articles of Confederation the thirteen states appeared headed for separation and 2am Thoughts uarrels similar to the nations of EuropeEll. Linuish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy Theartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible some familiar such as George Washington Alexander Hamilton John Jay and James Madison and some less so such as Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris It was these men who shaped the contours. In this interesting and readable book Joseph Ellis has made a valuable contribution to the explication of a period in United States history that is often overlooked and relatively poorly The Winds of Winter understood The period inestion is the 1780 s that time between the acceptance of the Articles of Confederation and the final approval of the US Constitution a time when the lack of effectiveness of the former was increasingly apparent and dangers to the persistence of the new Confederation were increasing Ellis focuses his narrative through the eyes of four pivotal figures who worked diligently to replace the Articles rather than simply to tinker with them and make only minor changes Those individuals the artet of the book s title were George Washington Alexander Hamilton John
JAY AND JAMES MADISONELLIS WRITES FLUENTLYand James MadisonEllis writes fluently well nveiling a story that is enjoyable to read While the book is popular than academic in tone it is well researched and referenced Ellis begins with a discussion of the increasing dissatisfaction with the existing functioning of the country Orders to Kill under the Articles proceeds to an exploration of how the new Constitution was crafted and finishes by talking about the process of final ratification He explores the authors distrust of full and popular democracy aware as they were of the dangers of mob passions and impulsiveness and the tendency of this to inadeuately protect the rights of minorities a distrust that led them to promote instead a representative democracy where popular passions were filteredp through several layers before consummating in action He also explores that fierce anti centralization passions that resulted from the war itself and the struggle against the tyranny of King George passions that resisted attempts to strengthen the national government Interesting he also emphasizes the inevitable compromises inherent in the Constitution some tragic but politically necessary such as the issue of slavery and others left deliberately vague to allow for evolution and adjustments as future events reuired It was designed not to offer clear answers to the sovereignty estion or For That Matter To The Scope Of that matter to the scope of or judicial authority but instead to provide a political arena in which arguments about those contested issues could continue in a deliberative fashion The Constitution was intended less to resolve arguments than to make argument itself the solution For judicial devotees of originalism or original intent this should be a disarming insight since it made the Constitution the foundation for an ever shifting political dialogue that like history itself was an argument without end For those readers familiar with the events of the Revolutionary War itself and the early years of the republic nder the Constitution this solid and interesting work fills in the gap of the near decade that intervened completing this pivotal chronology The Constitution was intended less to resolve arguments than to make argument itself the solution For judicial devotees of originalism or original intent this should be a disarming insight since it made the Constitution the foundation for an ever shifting political dialogue that like history itself was an argument without end Madison s original intention was to make all original intentions infinitely negotiable in the future Pg 172 A fascinating work on the origins of the American Cons. The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives Dont Read Poetry us thenexpected story brilliantly told of why the thirteen colonies having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power would decide to subordinate themselves anewThe triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would re. .
Is maintains that while the first American Revolution might be viewed from the ground Everyday Life in Early Soviet Russia up the second worked from the top down He finds that four individuals theartet of his title were primarily responsible George Washington Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay The first three names are nsurprising Ellis clearly regards Washington is the essential member of the group and as the leader of both the first and second American revolutions He gives Washington credit than he sometimes receives for his intellectual foresight In An Early Writing an early writing the deficiency of the Articles of Confederation and the need for a central government Ellis sees Madison as a highly savvy politician and lawyer than as an original thinker The partial surprise on Ellis the list is John Jay who tends to be less well known than he deserves Jay negotiated the treaty of Paris and worked early and diplomatically including with opponents for the cause of nationhood Other leaders who play supporting roles in Ellis account include financier Robert Morris Thomas Jefferson and Gouverneur Morris the drafter of the ConstitutionEllis reading of the second American revolution is avowedly elitist He argues that most people had no interest in nationhood because a broad national vision would be inconsistent in some ways with their limited goals such as avoiding taxation and living beyond their means Ellis recognizes the controversial nature of his perspective He writes in the book s PrefaceAll democratic cultures find such explanations offensive because they violate the hallowed conviction that at least in the long run popular majorities can best decide the direction that history should take However true that conviction might be over the full span of American history and the claim is contestable it does not work for the 1780s which just might be the most conspicuous and
Conseuential Example Of The Wayexample of the way which small groups of prominent leaders in disregard of popular opinion carried the American story in a new directionEllis takes the reader through the Confederation years the preliminaries to the Constitutional Convention the Convention itself and the proceedings in the states for the ratification of the Constitution The book concludes with the enactment of the Bill of Rights Ellis does not attribute superhuman wisdom to the founders but he also avoids the current tendency to belittle their accomplishments through an anachronistic importation of today s values into the late 18th Century Among other things his book discusses briefly but well the dilemma the founders faced over slavery The book stresses the value of ideas and thinking compromise practicality commitment and humility in the second American revolution and the founding of the national government and its shifting contours of FederalismThis book has a great deal to teach and provides ample material for reflection It also made me want to learn about George Washington by reading the Library of America volume of his writingsRobin Friedman ME contemplates retail therapy of buying The artet Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783 1789 for only 299 on my KindleME it hyperventilating it ll still be there when you have moneyME clicks through to Ammy before the waffling is even over Your Cost 073 after book creditsME stares suspiciously at goddessesME okay what horror do I have to endure to earn this. Of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions and finally drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settleme. .
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