Reading the Federalist Papers, I’m really impressed by the command that the American Founders had not only of the language but also models of philosophy, history, and politics.
What would a good classical education have looked like at this time? What classic nonfiction books would they have read as they grew up? What literature?
Edit: I’m supposed to provide evidence of prior research, but I’m not a historian and I have no idea where to start. I’m currently reading through accounts of CS Lewis’s education (150 years later, I know) since I seem to recall him talking about what a classical education was or should be.