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Plain, honest men : the making of the American Constitution

Author: Richard R Beeman
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Written by a historian this is an account of the men who met in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 to design a radically new form of government. The author takes readers behind the scenes and beyond the debate to show how the world's most enduring constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and, eventually, fragile consensus during a time when many Americans feared that a combination of financial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard R Beeman
ISBN: 9781400065707 1400065704
OCLC Number: 176952118
Description: xxvii, 514 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Principal characters --
The Constitutional Convention of 1787: a chronology --
The crisis --
The indispensable men of the Convention --
The delay that produced a revolution --
The Convention opens for business --
A high-stakes gamble --
"We the people" or "We the states"? : creating the American Congress --
Imagining the American presidency --
Counterattack --
"We are now at full stop" --
The Fourth of July, 1787 --
Compromise: large states, small states, slave states, and free states --
Beyond the Connecticut Compromise --
"The people are the King" --
Fashioning a first draft of the Constitution: July 27 - August 6 --
Revising the Constitution: August 6-August 31 --
The "general welfare" and the presidency --
"The paradox at the nation's core" --
A fragile consensus: September 10-September15 --
September 17: day of decision --
The People's Constitution: "Federalists" seize the initiative --
Achieving a more perfect union: the Federalists prevail --
"A Republic, if you can keep it" --
Full list of delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 --
U. S. Constitution (September 17, 1787), Article I-VII.
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Written by a historian this is an account of the men who met in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 to design a radically new form of government. The author takes readers behind the scenes and beyond the debate to show how the world's most enduring constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and, eventually, fragile consensus during a time when many Americans feared that a combination of financial distress and civil unrest would doom the young nation's experiment in liberty. The book captures the dynamic of the debate and the characters of the men who labored that summer in Phildelphia, among them James Madison, Gouverneur Morris of Pennsylvania, Maryland's Luther Martin, Roger Sherman, delegate from Connecticut, and General George Washington. The issues debated, including the extent of presidential power, the nature of federalism, and most explosive of all, the role of slavery, have continued to provoke conflict throughout the nation's history. This book is about the men both grand and humble who wrote a document that would live longer than they ever imagined.

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