Something That Will Surprise the World The Essential Writings of the Founding Fathers

ISBN-10: 0465017800

ISBN-13: 9780465017805

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Authors: Susan Dunn

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The Founding Fathers--Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams, Madison. Subjects of seemingly infinite biographies, they are rarely allowed to speak to us in their own words. But it was their words that mattered most to them. As James Madison once wrote, "the biography of an author must be a history of his writings." Here, finally, these towering figures come together in one volume --in conversation with each other, and with us. The Founders were thinking revolutionaries--they read, questioned, debated, and, most of all, wrote. They theorized about government and political institutions; considered the problem of parties and factions; and reflected on religion and education. In this volume, eminent historian Susan Dunn brings together the Founders' most important letters, speeches, and essays and sets them in the context of their lives and times. Through their words, the Founders created the first democracy of the modern world. Their courage, imagination, and genius would never be surpassed. Here they are, in the present tense of their extraordinary lives. To truly understand them, this is where we must begin.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 1/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Susan Dunn is a professor of French literature and the history of ideas at Williams College. She is the author most recently of The Death of Louis XIV: Regicide & the French political Imagination. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Foreword
Introduction
George Washington, 1732-1799
Introduction
Texts
Alexander Hamilton, 1755-1804
Introduction
Texts
John Adams, 1735-1826
Introduction
Texts
Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826
Introduction
Texts
James Madison, 1751-1836
Introduction
Texts
Chronologies
George Washington
Alexander Hamilton
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
Notes
Sources
Index
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