Matt’s Book Blog reviewed American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis for the 2013 American Revolution Reading Challenge. Here’s an excerpt:
American Creation is a collection of six essays. The topics focus on short periods when success and failure hung in the balance. For instance, in “The Winter,” Ellis narrates George Washington and his army’s starving, half-clad experience at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78. Most interesting to me was the chapter “The Conspiracy” in which James Madison, in an abrupt about-face from supporting a strong federal government, teams up with Thomas Jefferson after they concluded that a strong central government would be a threat to the institution of race-based chattel slavery.
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