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The Founding Fathers Reconsidered

R. B. Bernstein


This book presents an overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and clergy known as the “Founding Fathers” — who got as close to the ideal of the Platonic “philosopher-kings” as American or world history has ever seen. The book reveals Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, and the other founders not as shining demigods but as imperfect human beings — people much like us — who nevertheless achieved political greatness. They emerge here as men who sought to transcend their intellectual world even as they were bound by i ... More

Keywords: Founding Fathers, Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, American Revolution, federalism, equality, slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199832576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199832576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. B. Bernstein, author
New York Law School, Brooklyn, NY, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law, US

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