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American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis
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Oct 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: on-my-bookshelf
Read in October, 2008

Inserting everything that you probably should have studied in you early American History class, Ellis does an excellent job analyzing most of the major decisions and controversies in early American governance from the forming of the Continental Army through the Louisiana purchase. He alternates between analyzing events most students would be loosely familiar with (such as the debate over the constitution) and controversies likely less familiar or much discussed in class such as the early treatment of Native Americans by the colonial government or the failure to address slavery adequately in the new constitution despite a push to do just so. Rich with primary source documentation and insightful detail you never got in your history books, as a Social Studies teacher, I will actually be keeping a copy of this in my class to use as reference on occasion.

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