Founding Brothers


Joseph J. Ellis

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The Capital

In Founding Fathers, the capital (Washington, D.C.) symbolizes the intensity of the competing needs and interests that dominated American life in the period following the American Revolution. The question of where America’s capital city…

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Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence takes on several distinct symbolic meanings within the era the book captures. On one level, it represents the extraordinary achievement of the revolutionary generation—an achievement that seemed unlikely or impossible before…

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