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The New Founding Hagiography and Its Enemies

In 2002, David McCullough’s life of John Adams won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. The year before, Joseph Ellis’ Founding Brothers had won it for History. Books on Adams were nothing new, but never before had he and his “founding brothers” experienced quite such wide and uncritical admiration in the mainstream of American popular culture. […]

Tom Cutterham

Tom Cutterham is a DPhil candidate at St Hugh's College, Oxford, working on early American history. He is also an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a senior editor at the Oxonian Review.