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

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

by Susan Dunn
 

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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,

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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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465017805
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/22/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

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

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