The story of the framing of the Constitution in 1787 by an assortment of delegates from twelve stubborn and independent...

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MIRACLE AT PHILADELPHIA

The story of the framing of the Constitution in 1787 by an assortment of delegates from twelve stubborn and independent states has inherent drama and long-range significance, and Catherine Drinker Bowen captures both with her usual expertise. The Convention met in Philadelphia where, after three months of debate, heartbreak and ""not very noble compromise,"" the document was completed. The author stresses personalities rather than politics: gout-ridden Franklin in his sedan chair, Washington silencing angry delegates with his own gift of silence, suave Randolph of Virginia, and the whole body of fat, thin, quiet, talkative men who together made a nation. For school assignments or outside interests, it's good reading all the way.

Pub Date: Nov. 21, 1966

ISBN: 0786107103

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1966