Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September 1787

Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September 1787

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by Catherine Drinker Bowen
     
 

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In Miracle at Philadelphia, Catherine Drinker Bowen tells the story of the stormy, brilliant session of 1787 in Philadelphia which saw the birth of the Constitution of the United States. 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 withSee more details below

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In Miracle at Philadelphia, Catherine Drinker Bowen tells the story of the stormy, brilliant session of 1787 in Philadelphia which saw the birth of the Constitution of the United States. 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 fringed-legginged 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Henry Steele Commager
The most readable of all accounts of the Philadelphia convention. Miss Bowen has been successful beyond any of the general historians�she has brought to the retelling both imagination and art.
Book Week
Allan Nebins
Our greatest peacetime story is here retold in terms that would delight the general reader while satisfying the critical scholar.
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Margaret L. Coit
A fascinating story brilliantly told�
Saturday Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316102612
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
03/12/2010
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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Virginia Kirkus
Many historians have written of this particular "miracle," but never has the tale been told more vividly than in this book by one of America's foremost biographers.

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