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Plain, honest men : the making of the American Constitution

Author: Richard R Beeman
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Demonstrates how the American Constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and eventually fragile consensus as James Madison and his cohorts devised a plan to radically alter the balance of governmental power.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard R Beeman
ISBN: 9780812976847 0812976843
OCLC Number: 326533871
Notes: Originally published by Random House, 2009.
Description: xxv, 514 p. : ill. ; 21 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.
Responsibility: Richard Beeman.

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Demonstrates how the American Constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and eventually fragile consensus as James Madison and his cohorts devised a plan to radically alter the balance of governmental power.

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