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 Posted: Tue Nov 27th, 2007 02:56 am
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Finished American Creation by Joseph Ellis. An interesting read relating to the period from 1775 to the presidency of Jefferson. Several areas covered in the book were fascinating:

- the founding fathers failure to address the problem of native americans, slavery, the rights of women;
- the argument of states rights arose with Jefferson/Madison. Even 60 to 70 years prior to the civil war, these 2 individuals knew that under the Federalists/Alexander Hamilton/Washington, with their believe of a strong central govt., that slavery would eventually come to an end. Madison, initially, was a proponent of the federalist philosophy. However, he later changed 180 degrees to the anti-federalist or republican view., probably under the influence of Jefferson. Thus their Republican views would strengthen the states, hopefully promoting the southern agrarian/slave holding states.
- the formation of a two party system; Jefferson stated that "the president of the United States will only be president of a party." Rings true today as it did then over 200 years ago.
- Washington's attempt to settle the native american question with the treaty with Alexander McGillivray;
- Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

In my opinion, states rights and slavery are intimately joined together and like siamese twins cannot be separated. Would welcome comments on this intriquing subject.

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