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Revolutionary characters : what made the founders different

Author: Gordon S Wood
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2007 ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author offers a series of studies of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers. Each life is considered in the round, but the thread that binds the work together is the idea of character as a lived reality for these men. For these were men, Wood shows, that took the matter of character very seriously. They were the first generation in history that was self-consciously self-made, men who considered the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon S Wood
ISBN: 1594200939 9781594200939 9780143112082 0143112082
OCLC Number: 1049768211
Description: x, 321 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The founders and the Enlightenment --
The greatness of George Washington --
The invention of Benjamin Franklin --
The trials and tribulations of Thomas Jefferson --
Alexander Hamilton and the making of a fiscal-military state --
Is there a "James Madison problem"? --
The relevance and irrelevance of John Adams --
Thomas Paine, America's first public intellectual --
The real treason of Aaron Burr --
The founders and the creation of modern public opinion.
Responsibility: Gordon S. Wood.
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The author offers a series of studies of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers. Each life is considered in the round, but the thread that binds the work together is the idea of character as a lived reality for these men. For these were men, Wood shows, that took the matter of character very seriously. They were the first generation in history that was self-consciously self-made, men who considered the arc of lives, as of nations, as being one of moral progress. They saw themselves as comprising the world's first meritocracy, as opposed to the decadent Old World aristocracy of inherited wealth and station. Historian Wood's accomplishment here is to bring these men and their times down to earth and within our reach, showing us just who they were and what drove them, and that the virtues they defined for themselves are the virtues we aspire to still.--From publisher description.

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