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- Print Length: 110 pages
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- Publication Date: April 22, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QWRPFC9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
John Jay: A Captivating Guide to an American Statesman, Patriot, Diplomat, Governor of New York, the First Chief Justice, and One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America Kindle Edition
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Early in the introduction the book says, “John Jay is a Founding Father who is often overlooked and few people realize the extent and impact of his contributions to the new nation.” Understatement. I went in with the same attitude but I thought, “it will only take me a couple of days to read, why not?” All I really new about Jay going in was that he wrote a small minority of the Federalist Papers. Later, I discovered that he couldn’t write more because he was injured trying to quell a riot.
What else? He helped write New York’s Constitution shortly after the Declaration of Independence and that Constitution included legislative, executive, and judiciary branches, with a bicameral legislature. He was one of the negotiators of the Treaty of Paris to end the Revolution. He was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and a governor of New York. Too much more. The only reason this guy isn’t on any money is probably the same reason he lost his first race for New York governor: he was too humble and didn’t like to promote himself. He never tried to advance his own position but he was always ready to serve. Read the book to find out more. We could use more people like this in government today.
I was further surprised by the diligence he used to try to legislate racial equality and freedom for slaves and Natives alike. I was shocked that John Jay began schools to educate African Americans and that he used his political affiliations to advocate for Native Americans. I highly recommend this book for use in classrooms public, private and home!
BUT: it does tend to often wander off on extended tangents about other people and happenstances of the period.....
This one is another in the 'Captivating History' series that does tend to make the selected subjects most interesting and readable.
The author sometimes seems to assume that the reader already has knowledge of the period in question as some incidents are just glossed over without detailed explanation - while others are described in detail.
Overall: an interesting look at the life of a man who - today - seems outside the public's general knowledge, yet had a significant impact on life in the USA today.
He was such a good guy in that he would not brag on his accomplishments or degrade his opponent when running for Governor of New York. Was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme which showed how much faith George Washington had in him.
He is an essential role model in politics which would do well for today’s politicians to follow.
Well done Captivating History!