The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers - reexamined here as Founding Brothers - combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government.
Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes - Hamilton and Burr's deadly duel, Washington's precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adams' administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, Franklin's attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison's attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams' famous correspondence - Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation's history.
By Joseph J. Ellis
Explores how a group of individuals, both gifted & flawed, coped with the challenges of founding the United States.