The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817

The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817

by Myron Magnet

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The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817 by Myron Magnet

Why the American Revolution, of all the great revolutions, was the only enduring success.Through the Founders’ own voices—and in the homes they designed and built to embody the ideal of domestic happiness they fought to achieve—we come to understand why the American Revolution, of all great revolutions, was the only enduring success.The Founders were vivid, energetic men, with sophisticated worldviews, and this magnificent reckoning of their successes draws liberally from their own eloquent writings on their actions and well-considered intentions. Richly illustrated with America’s historical and architectural treasures, this volume also considers the houses the Founders built with such care and money to reflect their vision for the fledgling nation. That so many great thinkers—Washington, Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson, John Jay, the Lees of Stratford Hall, and polemicist William Livingston—came together to accomplish what rightly seemed to them almost a miracle is a standing historical mystery, best understood by pondering the men themselves and their profound and world-changing ideas.Through impressive research and an intimate understanding of these iconic patriots, award-winning author Myron Magnet offers fresh insight into why the American experiment resulted in over two centuries of unexampled freedom and prosperity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393240214
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/11/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 1,251,054
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Myron Magnet, editor-at-large of City Journal, is the author of The Founders at Home, The Dream and the Nightmare, and Dickens and the Social Order. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in 2008. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Americanness of the American Revolution 3

Part 1 The Firebrands

1 Conceived in Liberty: William Livingston and the Case for Revolution 17

2 Conservative Revolutionaries: The Lees of Stratford Hall 50

Part 2 The Federalists

3 George Washington: In Pursuit of Fame 93

4 General Washington 128

5 President Washington 176

6 John Jay: Americas Indispensable Diplomat 219

7 Alexander Hamilton and the American Dream 266

Part 3 The Republicans

8 Thomas Jefferson: Monticello's Shadows 303

9 James Madison: Theory 321

10 James Madison: Practice 351

Notes 403

Acknowledgments 447

Index 453

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