The Surprising Truth About the Birth of Our Country
Most Americans would be surprised to learn that any Founding Fathers opposed ratifying the Constitution, a document we revere today. The title of this book intentionally does not refer to “the Founding Fathers” as they were not a singular group, they were not homogenous, they did not agree, they did not have one voice. The members of the founding generation debated interpretations of the Constitution just as we do today. This historical surprise is important to remember when anyone today invokes “the Founding Fathers” or references the origins of the United States with an assumed notion of the past upon which to validate their current position.
History is vast, diverse, and complex; it therefore informs the present, but it does not confirm any one view of the present. In memory, we tend to simplify history—which is why studying history exposes the student to the complexities of reality in the past. Learning history helps us question current events, rather than decide issues with resolute certainty. Whatever you think, history disagrees.