What were the advantages enjoyed by the new nation in Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that one of Ellis' main points in his work is that there was a fundamental advantage enjoyed by the new nation in the establishment of its freedom from England.  It is such a commonly accepted premise now that it is almost taken for granted. Yet, Ellis goes to great lengths to demonstrate that the revolution was far from a sure thing.  His argument is that many of the revolutionary fighters were entirely uncertain of their endeavors.  It is for this reason that when they were victorious, they enjoyed the advantage of being able to call the nation their own.  In this, Ellis argues that there was a fundamental respect shared on the part of the framers, as they understood that since freedom was far from absolute and guaranteed, each one of them displayed a basic affinity for each of their efforts in securing the freedom of their new nation.  This advantage allowed for disagreements in governance, but not to an extent where there would be personal animosity between them.  The bonds forged through the struggle for independence turned out to be advantageous for the framers because it provided the basis for respect and tolerance, values that would not only be embedded in the new government, but ones that were present in how each of them worked with one another.

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