The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have been in the mood to read more about US History and learn more than what I learned out of textbooks in school. I have other books from Joseph E Ellis, but have not read them as yet. After reading this book I will be reading the others. Mr Ellis is a great writer and makes history fun to learn, I wasn't bored reading, I wanted to just sit and read.
I really liked what Mr Ellis says in the beginning that we can't judge the Founding Father by our modern standards, anymore that they can judge us from their standards, it was a different time and our morals and character lessons/up bring are different.
I have a better understanding of this nation and our beginnings that I never had before. Still, I am in the camp of wishing that the main federal government had less power and the state governments have more.
I love the fact that Ellis brings out the idea that Madison, during his post convention, starts to view the Constitution as a living document and that it has a political perspective of half federal and half Confederate thoughts. That it provides ambiguity 2 answers of who actually rules the United States. I love the quote that the Constitution " provide an argumentative arena for it can't contine. ... is less resolved arguments but is to make argument itself the solution."
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