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

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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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The towering figures of the founding fathers come together in one volume of essays in which they theorize about government and political institutions; consider the problem of parties and factions; and reflect on religion and education.

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The Founding Fathers-their most important speeches, letters, and writings-brought together in a single edition

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The Founding Fathers: subject of hundreds of biographies, they are rarely allowed to speak to us in their own words. But it was their words and ideas that mattered most to them. Here, finally, these towering figures come together in one volume-in dialogue with one another, 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, education, happiness, and even on love. In this volume, distinguished historian Susan Dunn brings together the Founders most important letters, speeches, and essays and sets them in the context of their lives and times.

About the Author

Susan Dunn is Professor of Humanities at Williams College. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Something That Will Surprise the World: The Essential Writings of the Founding Fathers; and Jeffersons Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of Republicanism. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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ISBN:
9780465017805
Author:
Dunn, Susan
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 21 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The towering figures of the founding fathers come together in one volume of essays in which they theorize about government and political institutions; consider the problem of parties and factions; and reflect on religion and education.
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The Founding Fathers-their most important speeches, letters, and writings-brought together in a single edition
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The Founding Fathers: subject of hundreds of biographies, they are rarely allowed to speak to us in their own words. But it was their words and ideas that mattered most to them. Here, finally, these towering figures come together in one volume-in dialogue with one another, 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, education, happiness, and even on love. In this volume, distinguished historian Susan Dunn brings together the Founders most important letters, speeches, and essays and sets them in the context of their lives and times.
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