The Founding Fathers reconsidered
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Central Adult Nonfiction
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Here is a vividly written and compact overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and clergy known as the "Founding Fathers"--who got as close to the ideal of the Platonic "philosopher-kings" as American or world history has ever seen. In The Founding Fathers Reconsidered, R. B. Bernstein reveals Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, and the other founders not as shining demigods but as imperfect human beings--people much like us--who nevertheless achieved political greatness. They emerge here as men who sought to transcend their intellectual world even as they were bound by its limits, men who strove to lead the new nation even as they had to defer to the great body of the people and learn with them the possibilities and limitations of politics. Bernstein deftly traces the dynamic forces that molded these men and their contemporaries as British colonists in North America and as intellectual citizens of the Atlantic civilization's Age of Enlightenment. He analyzes the American Revolution, the framing and adoption of state and federal constitutions, and the key concepts and problems--among them independence, federalism, equality, slavery, and the separation of church and state--that both shaped and circumscribed the founders' achievements as the United States sought its place in the world.
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Book
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xviii, 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
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English
ISBN:
9780195338324 , 0195338324

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [187]-227) and index.
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"This concise study reintroduces us to the history that shaped the founding fathers, the history that they made, and what history has made of them. It gives the reader a context within which to explore the world of the founding fathers and their complex and still-controversial achievements and legacies"--Provided by publisher.
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Bernstein, R. B. (2009). The Founding Fathers reconsidered. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Bernstein, Richard B., 1956-. 2009. The Founding Fathers Reconsidered. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

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Bernstein, Richard B., 1956-, The Founding Fathers Reconsidered. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

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Bernstein, Richard B. The Founding Fathers Reconsidered. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.

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