Joseph J. Ellis

Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, is Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.

Is he winking? Benjamin Franklin

Joseph J. Ellis, 20 March 2003

When Thomas Jefferson was introduced as the new American Ambassador to France in 1784, legend has it that the French minister asked if he was Benjamin Franklin’s replacement, and Jefferson replied that he was merely Franklin’s successor; no one could replace him. Whether or not the story is true, it conveys Franklin’s stature as the only serious rival to George Washington...

The current US president likes to talk about his predecessor ‘the first George W.’, but it’s hard to imagine two politicians with more different styles. George Bush invites...

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Sing Tantarara

Colin Kidd, 30 October 1997

In his lifetime an unyielding critic of priestcraft and superstition, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) stands today at the heart of a cult which has been variously described as America’s...

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