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The Quartet - Orchestrating the Second American Revolution

Joseph J. Ellis

From Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. We all know the famous opening phrase of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a new Nation." The truth is different. In 1776, thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent states that only temporarily joined forces in order to defeat the British. Once victorious, they planned to go their separate ways. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor a political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their autonomy as states. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men most responsible-George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. These men, with the help of Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris, shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force the calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement. Ellis has given us a gripping and dramatic portrait of one of the most crucial and misconstrued periods in American history: the years between the end of the Revolution and the formation of the federal government. The Quartet unmasks a myth, and in its place presents an even more compelling truth-one that lies at the heart of understanding the creation of the United States of America. From the Hardcover edition.

From Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. We all know the famous opening phrase of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a new Nation." The truth is different. In 1776, thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent states that only temporarily joined forces in order to defeat the British. Once victorious, they planned to go their separate ways. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor a political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their autonomy as states. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men most responsible-George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. These men, with the help of Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris, shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force the calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement. Ellis has given us a gripping and dramatic portrait of one of the most crucial and misconstrued periods in American history: the years between the end of the Revolution and the formation of the federal government. The Quartet unmasks a myth, and in its place presents an even more compelling truth-one that lies at the heart of understanding the creation of the United States of America. From the Hardcover edition.
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History

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From Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. We all know the famous opening phrase of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a new Nation." The truth is different. In 1776, thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent states that only temporarily joined forces in order to defeat the British. Once victorious, they planned to go their separate ways. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor a political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their autonomy as states. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men most responsible-George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. These men, with the help of Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris, shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force the calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement. Ellis has given us a gripping and dramatic portrait of one of the most crucial and misconstrued periods in American history: the years between the end of the Revolution and the formation of the federal government. The Quartet unmasks a myth, and in its place presents an even more compelling truth-one that lies at the heart of understanding the creation of the United States of America. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

8h 26m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:06


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:58


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:38


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:48


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:07


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:18


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:18


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:55


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:02


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:03


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:15


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:27


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

00:33