Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention Of 1787

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Includes a complete copy of the Constitution.
Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a document that would create a country and change a world. Here is a remarkable rendering of that fateful time, told with humanity and humor. "The best popular history of the Constitutional Convention available."--Library Journal

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Overview

Includes a complete copy of the Constitution.
Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a document that would create a country and change a world. Here is a remarkable rendering of that fateful time, told with humanity and humor. "The best popular history of the Constitutional Convention available."--Library Journal

From the Paperback edition.

Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 to create a document that would create a country and change a world. Here is a remarkable rendering of that fateful time, told with humanity and humor. "A good-spirited, lucid, vigorous book!"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Library Journal
The advent of the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in 1987 calls for a new treatment of the Philadelphia Con vention, one which is written for the general public and informed by recent scholarship. Decision in Philadelphia is just such a book. It is the best popular history of the Constitutional Conven tion available. This clear and well-writ ten volume traces the major issues in volved, dismissing sectional, economic, or class interests as domi nant factors and concentrating instead on the ``deeply rooted attitudes'' and ``emotions'' of individual members. Modern readers will find the authors' comments on the Constitution particu larly interesting, casting many of the Founding Fathers in a new light. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Roy H. Tryon, Delaware State Archives, Dover
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345498403
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 297,995
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
"Our Case May Become Desperate"     ix
A Nation in Jeopardy     3
America in 1787     18
The Mind of James Madison     33
The Unbelievable George Washington     40
Madison Plans a Government     58
Alexander Hamilton and the British Model     76
The Puzzle of Charles Pinckney     87
Men, Manners, and Rules: The Convention Begins     102
The Large States and the Small     117
Roger Sherman and the Art of Compromise     119
William Paterson Picks a Fight     136
The Battle Joined     146
Luther Martin and a Lost Opportunity     155
"The Most Serious and Threatening Excitement"     164
North and South     181
A New Alliance     183
The Western Lands     205
Another Trade-off     223
The Question of Power     241
Balancing Act     243
Curing the Republican Disease     259
James Wilson, Democratic Nationalist     274
In the Shadow of Washington     289
Elbridge Gerry's War Against the Army     312
George Mason and the Rights of Man     332
"The Most Remarkable Work"     351
The Articles of Confederation     365
The Constitution of the United States     375
Citations to Sources     389
Selected Bibliography     405
Index     423
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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    A Must Read for Every American

    Decision in Philadelphia presents the story of the founding fathers, a brilliant but very human group of men, as they grapple with forming a government unlike any other in the history of the world. Inspired by high ideals, they must create a constitution for the newly independent United States and reach compromises acceptable to a variety of political agendas which sometimes conflict.
    It is written in an intriguing, enlightened and interesting manner.
    The authors present a vital chapter in American history that is awe-inspiring and can remind every American of the principals on which the country was founded. A must lesson in civics!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    Attention teachers: good supplemental book!

    Nice analysis of the personalities and ideologies involved in the writing of the Constitution. Chapters 1 and 2 give a good introduction to the problems of the Articles of Confederation and what life was like in 1787 America. Overall, it would make an excellent supplement for an AP US Government class. Certain chapters would work equally well in an AP US History. Just the right reading level for advanced high school students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    Educational but unexciting

    This book is very educational and increased my knowledge of the details pertaining to the convention. However, this book is somewhat slow and monotonous which can become tedious after awhile. They skip around going from event to event rather than time period to time period, which can become confusing. Due to my love for history I enjoyed the book more than most of the people I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    Good Overall

    A good introduction to the history of the Constitutional Convention. In my opinion, however, the authors drastically underplay the extent to which the Framers were committed to ideological notions of individual rights and natural law. While they do discuss these issues, I found that they were neglected in favor of discussion of the *politics* of the Convention and the compromises which shaped the final draft of the Constitution. There also seems to be an underlying leftist bias on the part of the authors, who characterized most of the antifederalists and state's-righters as odd or otherwise undesirable people (consider their discussion of George Mason, for example), but almost always portrayed the nationalists as virtuous, intelligent people.

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