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Lowell Lecture

Joseph J. Ellis on The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution

Date & Time

June 11, 2015


Boston Public Library - Abbey Room
700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
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Joseph J. Ellis

Presenting Organization

Boston Public Library

A leading scholar of American history, Joseph Ellis is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation and the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx, a biography of Thomas Jefferson. In his latest work The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 (2015), Ellis gives a gripping and 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 triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor a political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their autonomy as states. The Quartet is the story of the second American founding and of the men most responsible - George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison.

A book sale and author signing will follow the lecture. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This program is presented as part of the Lowell Lecture Series. For the complete series at BPL, visit