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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:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From distinguished historian Richard Beeman comes a dramatic and engrossing account of the men who met in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 to design a radically new form of government. Beeman 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard R Beeman
ISBN: 9781400065707 1400065704
OCLC Number: 960106990
Description: xxvii, 514 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Principal characters --
Constitutional Convention of 1787: a chronology --
Crisis --
Indispensable men of the Convention --
Delay that produced a revolution --
Convention opens for business --
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" --
Fourth of July, 1787 --
Compromise: large states, small states, slave states, and free states --
Beyond the Connecticut Compromise --
"People are the King" --
Fashioning a first draft of the Constitution: July 27 --
August 6 --
Revising the Constitution: August 6 --
August 31 --
"General welfare" and the presidency --
"Paradox at the nation's core" --
Fragile consensus: September 10 --
September 15 --
September 17: day of decision --
People's Constitution: "Federalists" seize the initiative --
Achieving a more perfect union: the Federalists prevail --
"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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Responsibility: Richard Beeman.
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From distinguished historian Richard Beeman comes a dramatic and engrossing account of the men who met in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 to design a radically new form of government. Beeman 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.

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