Miracle at Philadelphia

Miracle at Philadelphia

The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September, 1787

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A classic history of the Federal Convention at Philadelphia in 1787, the stormy, dramatic session that produced the most enduring of political documents: the Constitution of the United States.
From Catherine Drinker Bowen, noted American biographer and National Book Award winner, comes the canonical account of the Constitutional Convention recommended as "required reading for every American." Looked at straight from the records, the Federal Convention is startlingly fresh and new, and Mrs. Bowen evokes it as if the reader were actually there, mingling with the delegates, hearing their arguments, witnessing a dramatic moment in history.
Here is the fascinating record of the hot, sultry summer months of debate and decision when ideas clashed and tempers flared. Here is the country as it was then, described by contemporaries, by Berkshire farmers in Massachusetts, by Patrick Henry's Kentucky allies, by French and English travelers. Here, too, are the offstage voices--Thomas Jefferson and Tom Paine and John Adams from Europe.
In all, fifty-five men attended; and in spite of the heat, in spite of clashing interests--the big states against the little, the slave states against the anti-slave states--in tension and anxiety that mounted week after week, they wrote out a working plan of government and put their signatures to it.
Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown [1966]
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9780316103985
Characteristics: xix, 346 p. illus., ports. 22 cm


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Jul 04, 2011

Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 was hot, humid and the location of the Costitutional Convention. Bowen's eshustive research has produced a through book detailing the issues and personalities of the Convention. Issues of large versus small states and the failings of the Confederation are addressed. The guiding and forceful roles of the big three - Madison, Washington and Morris - are reported. This book belongs on the shelf of any reader interested in the early development of our republic.


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