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A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future.
Though the American Revolution is widely recognized as our nation's founding story, the years immediately following the war--when our government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis--were in fact the most crucial in establishing the country's independence. The group of men who traveled to Philadelphia in the summer of had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make. But all their ideas, arguments, and compromises--from the creation of the Constitution itself, article by article, to the insistence that it remain a living, evolving document--laid the foundation for a government that has surpassed the founders' greatest hopes.
Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America's founders, revealing the issues they faced, the times they lived in, and their humble expectations of success.
The end of the book includes short biographies of everyone who took part in the convention whether he signed or not , and the text of the Articles of the Confederation and the Constitution itself. Carol Berkin. A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future Though the American Revolution is widely recognized as our nation's founding story, the years immediately following the war--when our government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis--were in fact the most crucial in establishing the country's independence.
Making Mr Madison Wait. A Gathering of Demigods. The Perils of Power. Schisms Threats and Compromises. Debating the Presidency Once Again. The Convention Ends. The Battle for Ratification. The Delegates to the Constitutional Convention. The Articles of Confederation. The United States Constitution. A Note on Sources. The Inauguration of President George Washington. Levstik , Keith C. The Call for a Convention.
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