Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 17, 2009 - History - 514 pages
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In May 1787, in an atmosphere of crisis, delegates met in Philadelphia to design a radically new form of government. Distinguished historian Richard Beeman captures as never before the dynamic of the debate and the characters of the men who labored that historic summer. Virtually all of the issues in dispute—the extent of presidential power, the nature of federalism, and, most explosive of all, the role of slavery—have continued to provoke conflict throughout our nation's history. This unprecedented book takes readers behind the scenes to show how the world's most enduring constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and fragile consensus. As Gouverneur Morris, delegate of Pennsylvania, noted: "While some have boasted it as a work from Heaven, others have given it a less righteous origin. I have many reasons to believe that it is the work of plain, honest men."

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Review: Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution

User Review  - Vinnie - Goodreads

This book was quite impressive in giving a realistic and well researched explanation of the writing to the US Constitution. It shows the depth of disagreement, personalities, and battling world views ... Read full review

Review: Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution

User Review  - Bobbie Gosnell - Goodreads

I found this a fascinating read & turned away from reading only when a busy life demanded. The small details, such as lodging & food provided additional insights into the way these men thought. Read full review


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Richard Beeman is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of five previous books on the history of revolutionary America; his biography of Patrick Henry was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received awards from, among others, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has served as Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He also serves as a trustee and vice-chair of the Distinguished Scholars Panel of the National Constitution Center. Richard Beeman lives in Philadelphia.

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