Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2010 - History - 514 pages
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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Good account of the Constitutional Convention. Written in a narrative style. At times a bit of a page turner! If Hollywood ever decided they wanted to make a movie about the creation of the ... Read full review

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Too often these days, the meaning of the Constitution is bandied about without a real understanding of how it was created and the real intent behind it. This book shows that our government is a decidedly human endeavor and this important document is a working plan, not an ideological tract. Read full review


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CHAPTER SEVEN Imagining the American Presidency
CHAPTER Twº Lv1 Beyond the Connecticut Compromise
CHAPTER sixtEEN The General Welfare
Day of Decision
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A Note About Quotations

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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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