Summer Of 1787 The Men Who Invented the Constitution

ISBN-10: 0743286936
ISBN-13: 9780743286930
Edition: N/A
Authors: David O. Stewart
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 5/20/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The successful creation of the Constitution is a suspense story.The Summer of 1787takes us into the sweltering room in which delegates struggled for four months to produce the flawed but enduring document that would define the nation -- then and now. George Washington presided, James Madison kept the notes, Benjamin Franklin offered wisdom and humor at crucial times.The Summer of 1787traces the struggles within the Philadelphia Convention as the delegates hammered out the charter for the world's first constitutional democracy. Relying on the words of the delegates themselves to explore the Convention's sharp conflicts and hard bargaining, David O. Stewart lays out the passions and contradictions of the often painful process of writing the Constitution. It was a desperate balancing act. Revolutionary principles required that the people have power, but could the people be trusted? Would a stronger central government leave room for the states? Would the small states accept a Congress in which seats were alloted according to population rather than to each sovereign state? And what of slavery? The supercharged debates over America's original sin led to the most creative and most disappointing political deals of the Convention. The room was crowded with colorful and passionate characters, some known -- Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, Edmund Randolph -- and others largely forgotten. At different points during that sultry summer, more than half of the delegates threatened to walk out, and some actually did, but Washington's quiet leadership and the delegates' inspired compromises held the Convention together. In a country continually arguing over the document's original intent, it is fascinating to watch these powerful characters struggle toward consensus -- often reluctantly -- to write a flawed but living and breathing document that could evolve with the nation.

David O. Stewart is an award-winning author and the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. He is the author of several acclaimed histories, including The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution as well as Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy, and American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America. Stewart's most recent book, his first novel, is The Lincoln Deception.

The Delegates
The United States in 1787
It Started at Mount Vernon: March 1785
Blood on the Snow: Winter 1787
"A House on Fire": Spring 1787
Demigods and Coxcombs Assemble: May 1787
Virginia Leads: May 25-June 1
Wilson's Bargain: May 31-June 10
Three-Fifths of a Human Being: June 11
Festina Lente: June 12-19
To the Brink: June 21-July 10
The Small States Win: July 11-17
The Touch of a Feather: July 9-14
The Ipswich Miracle: July 13
The Presidential Muddle: July 17-26
Rutledge Hijacks the Constitution: July 27-August 6
Back to Work: August 6
The Curse of Heaven: August 8-29
David Brearley's Presidency: August 24-September 7
The Loyal Opposition: August 31
With All Its Faults: September 8-17
Happiness, Perpetual and Otherwise: July 4, 1788
Making Amends
The Elector System
The Constitution of 1787
Notes
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

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