Presenting Your Final Four March Madness Competitors

JMM15Results are in, and we’re in for some fun voting next week.

Paine enjoyed a good run, but finally fell to the Declaration. Douglass defeated Jacobs. Franklin’s win proved that errata will also win out, and Vaughn’s document collection has finished strong.

BRACKET ONE: Political History

1. Thomas Paine, Common Sense 45%
lost to 2. The Declaration of Independence 55%

BRACKET TWO: Slavery, Captivity, and Bonded Labor

1. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 55% 
beat 15. Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 45%

BRACKET THREE: U.S. History Superstars

4. Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” 34%
lost to 3. Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 66%

BRACKET FOUR: Not Rush Limbaugh’s American History

8. Alden T. Vaughan, ed., Early American Indian Documents, Treaties, and Laws, 1607-1789 55%
beat 3. Thomas Hariot, A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia 45%

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Final Four Matchups for Monday

2. The Declaration of Independence vs. 1. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

3. Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin vs. 8. Alden T. Vaughan, ed., Early American Indian Documents, Treaties, and Laws, 1607-1789

One comment on “Presenting Your Final Four March Madness Competitors

  1. Eric says:

    This is fun, funny and fascinating. Thanks for running it. We’ve got our founding document, two fundamental/contrasting points of view, and the self-help/entrepreneurial perspective of Franklin (who, well ahead of his time, even suggested trying vegetarianism). I think maybe we just stop here and say: Voila! We’ve defined America. . .!

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