CTForum.org: Joseph Ellis discusses the Presidency (3 min).
Joseph John Ellis is a Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College who has written influential and award-winning histories on the Federalist period. His book Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (2000) received the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2001. Professor Ellis followed up Founding Brothers with American Creation. Read together, these two books provide and in depth look at the American Revolution.
Chapters from Founding Brothers and American Creation in chronological order with links to other online resources by Joseph Ellis and friends.
Note: if you are preparing for your first APUSH test (usually given on the second day of school), review AC3, Inventing, and FB2 (for a good overview of the Colonial Period, read Hannah's Escape). Remember, nothing substitutes for actually reading the book.
- AC 1: The Year (1776): the Declaration of Independence and American Revolutionary War.
- AC 2: The Winter (1777-1778): the Continental Army's winter at Valley Forge.
- AC 3: The Argument (1787-1789): Constitutional Convention and its debates.
- FB 3: The Silence: (1787-18the future of Slavery in the United States. Also listen to the NCC series The Legacy of 1808: (1) A Historical Perspective, (2) Traces of the Trade, (3) “Iron Ladies of Liberia”, (4) The Emancipation Proclamation Defined, (5) The Lincoln and Douglas Debates, (6) Modern-Day Slavery, (7) Slavery and the Literary Imagination, (8) Delta Blues, (9) Deconstructing Reconstruction
- Inventing The Presidency (1789-1797)As America goes into its fifty-fifth presidential election, we should remember that there might have been only one—if we hadn’t had the only candidate on earth who could do the job
- FB 2: The Dinner (1790): Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton discuss the selection of the Potomac River site for construction of the new national capital, in exchange for assumption of state debts by the federal government.
- AC 4: The Treaty (1790): Knox, Washington, McGillivray, and the Treaty of New York
- FB 4: The Farewell (1796): the Farewell Address of President George Washington
- AC 5: The Conspiracy: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James Madison and the origins of the Democratic-Republican Party.
- FB 5: The Collaborators (1) (1789-1801): John Adams and his wife Abigail (2) during Adams' presidency (also see 3); and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (4) during the same time period.
- AC 6: The Purchase (1803:) the Louisiana Purchase and impact on President Thomas Jefferson
- FB 1: The Duel (1804): the Burr-Hamilton duel.
- FB 6: The Friendship (1812-1826): John Adams and Thomas Jefferson during the last fourteen years of their lives
- Wikipedia: Founding Brothers and American Creation
- Scribd: Founding Brothers Summary
- Mr Brandon's Book Review (4 min video)
- Founding Brothers Reading Group Guide
- Gonzaga Study Guide
- Founding Brothers History Channel DVD
- Adapted Lesson Plan for the DVD (anticipate your teacher's questions!)
- Joseph Ellis on American Creation and the Founding
Other Books by Joseph J. Ellis:
- First Family: Abigail and John Adams, Oct 2010 (Google books overview)
- American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic, 2008 (Google Books overview)
- His Excellency: George Washington, 2004 (Google Books preview)
- After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture, 2002 (Google Book preview)
- Passionate sage: the character and legacy of John Adams, 2001 (Google Books preview)
- Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation (200) Google Books preview
- American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, 1997 (Google Books overview--no preview)