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#PodcastsWorthHearing : The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, Joseph Ellis

#PodcastsWorthHearing : The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, Joseph Ellis

 

The Quartet:
Orchestrating the Second American Revolution by Joseph Ellis 
Live at Politics & Prose by Panoply Media http://ow.ly/NZ6cN


Historian, Biographer, award-winning Writer Joseph Ellis leads us on an extremely joyful podcast puncturing many of the popular myths surrounding the Constitution's founding moments as he discusses this, his 12th book.  

In this entertaining and fast-paced talk and subsequent Q&A, Ellis skewers many politically sacred cows: 

  • the second amendment & original intent (the states intended militias)
  • the unanimity of the founders on religion or taxes
  • no one but these four, the Quartet, envisioned anything other than an EU-style government
  •  the phrase "We the People of the United States of America..." was something completely different in the original drafts, because of the editing of one man, Gouverneur Morris

All in all, this is an extremely entertaining and enlightening listen for history buffs that demonstrates how myth as much as fact has shaped our national politics.  I look forward to a joyful and thought-provoking read. 

 

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.

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