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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Patricia Moore
While textbooks and reference books on 18th-century America abound, Susan Dunn's collection of writings by the Founding Fathers offers a unique view. She includes texts by Washington, Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson and Madison, and while her introduction to each statesman is detailed and copiously annotated, the selections themselves are devoid of all commentary. The result is that, for Jefferson, for example, Dunn has selected over 100 pages of his letters, speeches, and formal writings with no further identification than the name of the person addressed or the occasion that prompted the text. It is no problem for the informed reader to identify Benjamin Rush or Eldridge Gerry, but who was Jared Sparks, to whom Jefferson wrote a long missive on the possibility of creating a colony in Africa for the re-colonization of African slaves? This text is extraordinarily rich as a source of the writings of the Founding Fathers, but it requires an adjunct source of details to situate the letters and papers. Reviewer: Patricia Moore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465017805
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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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 Jefferson’s Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of Republicanism. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Joseph J. Ellis     vii
Introduction   Susan Dunn     1
George Washington, 1732-1799     17
Introduction     18
Texts     21
Alexander Hamilton, 1755-1804     101
Introduction     102
Texts     105
John Adams, 1735-1826     185
Introduction     186
Texts     189
Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826     261
Introduction     262
Texts     265
James Madison, 1751-1836     349
Introduction     350
Texts     353
Chronologies     445
George Washington     445
Alexander Hamilton     446
John Adams     447
Thomas Jefferson     447
James Madison     449
Notes     451
Sources     459
Index     461
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2009

    Just simply a great book!

    To read these genius men's thoughts is phenominal. I enjoyed putting their thoughts and ideas into today's society - and realized how many times our elected officials these days are just plain wrong.

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