The uartet Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783 1789 (NEW)

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • The uartet Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783 1789
  • Joseph J. Ellis
  • English
  • 10 December 2020
  • 9780385353403

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The uartet Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783 1789 Read & Download ï 4 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. 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

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The uartet Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783 1789 Read & Download ï 4 Linuish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy  The uartet 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. Joseph Ellis new book The 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 nation upon 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 uarrels similar to the nations of EuropeEllis maintains that while the first American Revolution might be viewed from the ground up the second worked from the top down He finds that four individuals the uartet of his title were primarily responsible George Washington Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay The first three names are unsurprising 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 about 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 way in 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

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