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The quartet : orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789 / Joseph J. Ellis.

Author/Creator:
Ellis, Joseph J.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
xx, 290 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1789.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
Politicians -- United States -- Biography.
Confederation of states -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Federal government -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Constitutional history -- United States.
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800).
HISTORY / United States / General.
HISTORY / Revolutionary.
Confederation of states.
Constitutional history.
Federal government
Politicians.
Politics and government.
Statesmen.
United States
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Biography.
History.
Summary:
"The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible--some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement"-- Provided by publisher.
"The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible--some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Preface : Pluribus to Unum
The Articles and the vision
The financier and the prodigy
The domain
The courting
Madison's moment
The great debate
Final pieces.
Preface : Pluribus to Unum
The Articles and the Vision
The Financier and the Prodigy
The Domain
The Courting
Madison's Moment
The Great Debate
Final pieces
Appendices.
Notes:
"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-277) and index.
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Kennedy fund bookplate.
ISBN:
9780385353403 (cloth : alkaline paper)
0385353405 (cloth : alkaline paper)
9780804172486 (paperback : alkaline paper)
080417248X (paperback : alkaline paper)
9780385353410 (ebook)
OCLC:
903811420
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