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A more perfect union

Author: William Peters
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A narrative with all the drama of good fiction, this book is an accurate, day-by-day account of the pivotal event of American history--the 1787 Convention that drafted the Constitution. Transported to Philadelphia with fifty-five delegates from twelve states, the reader shares their four-month struggle to create a new framework of government to preserve a shaky Union. Written with the immediacy of vivid reporting,
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Peters, William, 1921-2007.
More perfect union.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©1987
(OCoLC)568758390
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Peters
ISBN: 0517564505 9780517564509
OCLC Number: 13822185
Description: vii, 294 pages, [15] pages of plates : portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Fears and hopes --
2. Secrecy --
3. A leap into the future --
4. The people or the states --
5. The small states and the large --
6. A backward step --
7. Deadlock --
8. The great compromise --
9. We the people --
10. Amendment and revision --
11. The slave trade --
12. The North-South bargain --
13. The presidency --
14. Last-minute changes --
15. Agreement and dissent --
16. Federalists and Antifederalists --
17. Ratification. The delegates --
Fears and hopes --
Secrecy --
A leap into the future --
The people of the states --
The small states and the large --
A backward step --
Deadlock --
The great compromise --
We the people --
dment and revision --
The slave trade --
The North-South baragin --
The presidency --
last-minute changes --
Agreement and dissent --
Federalists and Antifederalists --
Ratification.
Responsibility: William Peters.

Abstract:

A narrative with all the drama of good fiction, this book is an accurate, day-by-day account of the pivotal event of American history--the 1787 Convention that drafted the Constitution. Transported to Philadelphia with fifty-five delegates from twelve states, the reader shares their four-month struggle to create a new framework of government to preserve a shaky Union. Written with the immediacy of vivid reporting, the book reverberates with great speeches for and against principles that today form the bedrock of American government. From the sometimes angry debates of men whose characters and motivations are revealed through their actual words and acts, readers will see the Constitution take form, vote by vote, clause by clause. The book also follows the delegates as they dine in Philadelphia's inns and taverns, meet to devise strategy, attend church, or sample the pleasures of the country's largest city. Readers will be left with a new understanding of the nation's beginnings and the closest thing to a sense of having been there.--From publisher description.

"The making of the United States Constitution"--Jacket subtitle.

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