by Joseph J. Ellis
Copyright 2000 by Joseph J. Ellis
“No event in American history which was so improbable at the time has seemed so inevitable in retrospect as the American Revolution” (3)
What better way to open the book, then with this statement. This sentence definitely sets the tone for the rest of the book and it gives me a great idea on what the book is mostly going to be about. The American Revolution and the Founding Fathers/Brothers, whatever you may call these men. The main seven Founding Brothers are John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. Other men did attribute to the creation of this wonderful nation we now call the United States of America.
The book starts out with the “HUGE” battle between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Literally a gun battle between the two that ended with Hamilton being shot and would go on to die the next day. Aaron Burr at the time was the Vice President for Thomas Jefferson. The battle occurred when Hamilton began to stir up some political beef on Burr. Hamilton and Burr had past hatred for each other but when Hamilton began to make untrue statements on Burr, Burr had had enough. The battle took place on July 11, 1804. After Hamilton was killed, Burr would go on to be found guilty of murder. This battle was so important because these two men were such big influences in the government at the time and they were so important. Burr at the time was the Vice President and Hamilton was the face of the Federalist Party. Two men’s futures down the drain due to such hatred for each other.
The next chapter was entirely about a dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson. This dinner was held to discuss the future plans of the United States and where the new capital shall be located for our fine country. Throughout the book, many people seem to have some sort of dislike towards Alexander Hamilton. Jefferson had also held this dinner in hopes that Hamilton and James Madison could settle their hatred for each other. Soon after this dinner, the Residence and Assumption Bill’s were passed. The dinner proved to be a successI began to start the chapter named “The Silence” before getting half way. It has began to discuss the issues the government and it’s leaders are having on slavery. I can’t wait to get in deeper into this chapter because this book has proven to be so good. I have definitely gained more knowledge over past events with the Founding Brothers. I would give this book an 7.5 out of 10 because it does become hard to read at times due to Ellis using some large political/governmental vocabulary that I had to look up. There are also parts that are kinda slow and hard to understand. I would truly recommend this book to any American citizen to read because it is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and it will give you more knowledge on how I government has become what it is today. I can’t wait to did into the rest of this book.