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Founding Brothers Lesson Plan

Introduction to Founding Brothers

Founding Brothers is an account of the American political landscape in the 1790s told through anecdotes about eight of the founders: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Abigail Adams. In the book, Ellis covers the major political and social questions facing the 'revolutionary generation' of political leadership in the U.S. through a series of encounters, loosely organized chronologically. Topics covered include the Hamilton-Burr rivalry, the debates over assumption and residency, the 1790 congressional debate on slavery, the foreign policy quandary sparked by Jay's Treaty, the attempts to avoid war during...

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