History project - Ellis begins the American Creation...

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Ellis begins the “American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic with a prologue. He emphasizes that the “historians dedicated to a recovery at the experience of ordinary in the past readers in the present” In the book; Ellis contemplates our founding fathers and their” triumphs and tragedies.” He ponders about the accomplishments of the founders: defeating the British, creating the first large republic and the first truly secular state, establishing a functional two party system, and the Louisiana Purchase. Ellis’s thesis is that every important decisions- the ratification of the Constitution, the creation of the National Bank, the repose to the Revolution, the Jay Treaty- insinuated a bracing argument among founders of different persuasions about revolutionary principles. “Events, not men, were in the saddle and the formers were imperfect men rather than gods come down from Olympus. “His thesis poses various questions such as “What specifically did the founding generation achieve? Why there are accorded with an iconic status? He sates that “it is uncommon for the same men who make a revolution also to secure it.” The ultimate allegiance of the founders was not to” the people” but to the public which was the long term interest of the citizen that the founders had been chosen to do. The American founding was a collection enterprise with multiple players who harbor fundamentally different beliefs about what the American Revolution meant. Four of the founders played a prominent role: Adam, Jefferson, Madison and Washington. Although each of their stories has been distinguished to stand on its own as a narrative of one significant moment of creative achievement of the failure, taken together they feature several recurrent theme.
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Ellis ruminates the founders were unable to remove slavery from the political agendas on the “grounds that it would die a natural death, proved a massive miscalcualation. The author substantiates his thesis by giving details of the founders’ failure. For example slavery, .He makes it clear how they were unable to abolish slavery and to reach an agreement with the Native Americans, which has played an important role in shaping our national character. The American founding lasted for twenty-eight years, from 1775 to 1803. During this time, American won its independence, and lasting nation-state was invented. Ellis points out that there were two founding moments: “the first in 1776 which declared American independence and the second in 1787-88, which declared American nationhood.” There was a great upheaval caused by the constitution, therefore he notes, “it is uncommon for the same men who make a revolution also to secure it.” While there are many triumphs achieved by the founders, there are also tragedies. They failed to do accomplish many important things such as ending slavery. They didn’t
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