Born in 1943, Ellis was too young to have been directly influenced by the brutality of WWII, but surely felt its aftermath, the Cold War. Although he did serve as a soldier in WWII,the post-war period was one of hopelessness and pessimism. A loss of faith in the politicalinstitutions that were once the pride of the Western world defined the latter half of the 20
century. Raised in this atmosphere of economic, social and political instability, Ellis may havedeveloped a great respect for political unity and strong leadership, as it was lacking during theyears of his youth. Capitalism vs. communism, democracy vs. dictatorship—these were the core principles that set the Soviets and US apart during the Cold War, fought through proxy battlesand the possibility of nuclear weapons. Ellis, as an American, most likely favored a liberalsentiment as opposed to communist mentality, out of pride for his country. US propagandacondemned communism, depicting it as a system of government that would inevitably lead todestruction.An article from the History News Network states that Ellis lied about his service in theVietnam War.
He falsely recounts his experiences in Vietnam to his students and claims that he participated in a civil rights movement afterward. Although this is an example of dishonesty onthe part of Ellis, it is interesting to note that he
to been seen as a veteran and antiwar activist. Perhaps this illustrates his liberal political leanings that are exemplified in FoundingBrothers. Characterizing the influential men and their efforts as a model for representativegovernment, Ellis features chapters about collaboration and compromise. In the chapter titled
Jefferson holds a dinner in which the rivals Hamilton and Madison settle on anagreement regarding the Hamilton’s proposed fiscal plan and Madison’s choice of the capitallocation. Just as a historian has the choice to omit details, he has the power to choose whatinformation goes into supporting his arguments. Further emphasizing Ellis’s democratic politicalleanings, Capitalism Magazine suggests that he compares President Obama with the foundingfathers, in that he "is in accord with the most heartfelt and cherished version of our originalintentions as a people and a nation."
Given, there are similarities between these male USleaders; however, it is inaccurate to compare them because of the major time gap. There is noway of assuming that the founding fathers would support Obama’s plans for the nation becausethe major issues today did not exist during the fathers’ time, such as oil spills, universalhealthcare and education cuts. Anyhow, it would be a fallacy to make that assumption.