Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson

Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson

The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding

Book - 2005
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The author compares the intellectual understanding of the Enlightenment of Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, and shows how the personal experiences and regional cultural traditions of each man shaped his interpretation of that movement and how those ideals played into the birth of the new nation.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809077847
Branch Call Number: 973.4 Staloff
Characteristics: 419 pages ;,24 cm


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Apr 21, 2017

I can't praise this book highly enough. Written by a historian, it presents the salient events in each man's political life in a concise, easy to follow fashion, so that non-specialists can grasp the essentials of American politics from the 1770s through Jefferson's second term. The Introduction of 43 pages presents the major themes of the 18th century Enlightenment in a way that can be easily understood by those with little background in the history or philosophy of the period. Taking an AP course in American history? This is for you. Want to learn about three key figures among the founding fathers? This is for you.


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