Manomet History Book Group
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution
by Joseph J. Ellie
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Manomet Branch Library
History enthusiasts are encouraged to join us for an engaging discussion of important topics of the past at our History Book Group. The group meets one Thursday per month at 4:00 p.m. to discuss the month’s selection. Copies of the book are available one month prior at the branch library.
In our next book, The Quartet, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Joseph Ellis tells the unexpected story of America’s second great founding and of the men most responsible—Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison: why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. 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, created the new republic. Ellis gives us a 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.
This program is free and open to new members. For more information about this event, contact the Manomet Branch Librarian at (508) 830-4185, or email [email protected]. The library is fully accessible; please let us know if you need special accommodations to attend.