Magazine November 19, 2015, Issue

Will We Govern Ourselves?

(Washington: Stuart; Madison: Vanderlyn; Jefferson: Peale; Adams: Durand; Hamilton: Trumbull; Franklin: Duplessis)

I take a personal interest in the Founders’ revival, since I helped start it. My first biography, Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington, was generously reviewed by a major scholar, Joseph J. Ellis, on the front page of the New York Times Book Review in February 1996.

That was a warm-up: The breakout book for the Founders was Ellis’s own American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (1997), which won the National Book Award. In its wake, professional historians (Edmund Morgan, Gordon Wood, Jack Rakove) and professional biographers (David McCullough, Ron Chernow) moved steadily through the great names: Franklin, Washington, Hamilton, John

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Climate Coercion

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The Apology Policy

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