Founding Fathers The Essential Guide to the Men Who Made America (Paperback)
|The newest title in Wiley s exciting series with Encyclopæ dia Britannica a concise reference on America s Founding Fathers |
The recent national debate about the scope of presidential power and the interpretation of the Constitution highlights the importance of understanding the history of the United States and the actions and intentions of the men who founded it. This indispensable guide provides authoritative information on the Founding Fathers in entries ranging from the Articles of Confederation to George Washington. It is the ideal resource for anyone looking to hone their knowledge of the fascinating figures who wrote the first chapter of American history.
Encyclopæ dia Britannica (Chicago, IL) is a leading provider of learning products and one of the world s most trusted sources of information. Joseph J. Ellis (Mount Holyoke College, MA) is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (0-375-70524-4) and His Excellency: George Washington (1-4000-4031-0).
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An authoritative, accessible guide to the figures who shaped a nation
How did upstart colonists solidify the ideas celebrated in the Declaration of Independence and defeat the powerful British army? How did thinkers from disparate backgrounds shape a government that transformed modern politics? The Founding Fathers explains how, putting valuable information on this historic period at your fingertips--straight from one of the most trusted sources of information around the globe.
This comprehensive guide takes a compelling look at prominent statesmen such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Washington and lesser-known but influential leaders such as Samuel Chase, Charles Pinckney, and others. Alphabetized for easy reference, it also offers discussions of key issues, including slavery, the separation of powers, the presidency, and Deism and Christianity; events, such as the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the Louisiana Purchase; and documents, including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Every special essay and concise entry--from "Abigail Adams" to "George Wythe"--promotes the deeper understanding of the personalities, issues, and events that only Encyclop?dia Britannica can provide.
The book's balanced, fact-based coverage of the Founding Fathers is especially relevant today, when differing interpretations of their intent are used in debates over current policies. The Founding Fathers is the ideal resource for anyone looking to hone his or her knowledge of the fascinating figures who wrote the first chapter of U.S. history.