Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September 1787by Catherine Drinker Bowen
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 voicesThomas 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 intereststhe big states against the little, the slave states against the anti-slave statesin 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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This book examines the history of the Constitutional Convention and helps you understand the truly miraculous events that lead to the Constitution of The United States. This book is interesting and will lay an excellent foundation of understanding to younger readers. I thought this book was excellent.
This history tells of the struggle to create the U.S. Constitution. After 200 years of living under the Constitution, the result seems obvious, but as this history clearly demonstrates, there was nothing obvious about its final form. Given the divisive opinions and strong passions of the participants, the Constitutional Convention could have failed to reach a consensus and dissolved, with the thirteen states lapsing into anarchy and antagonism. Well worth reading. Because the convention was held under a veil of secrecy, maybe the ultimate lesson is that political horse-trading cannot take place when exposed to the harsh glare of media exposure and criticism. I doubt that the Constitutional Convention would have succeeded today.