Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September 1787by Catherine Drinker Bowen
Pub. Date: 09/01/1986
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Miracle at Philadelphia is Catherine Drinker Bowen's classic history of the Federal Convention at Philadelphia in 1787, the stormy, dramatic session that produced the most enduring of political documents - the Constitution of the United States.
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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.