OUR INDEPENDENCE AND THE CONSTITUTION by Dorothy Fisher

OUR INDEPENDENCE AND THE CONSTITUTION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The momentous meeting of the second Continental Congress and the Constitution drafting in Philadelphia, seen through the eyes of a family in Philadelphia. Debby was just a youngster when the kindly and wise old Dr. Franklin answered her questions about the activities of the Congress by a special, serious written report. And Debby was present when the bells of Philadelphia rang out on Independence Day, and in her home her brothers and parents discussed Paine's fiery pamphlet, Common Sense, and the ruthless tactics of the British in urging the Indians to fight the Americans, in preparing for war. The war years at last over, Debby's home was to house a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. In the long weary days of debate, suggestions and rejections Debby heard bit by bit the story of the forging of a government -- compromises on the rights of states, opposed by the hot headed Hamilton, angry protests against slavery by the northern representatives, tiresome, tireless analysis of the old Articles of Confederation, and a shrewd, wise letter by Dr. Franklin, read because the sick old man was unable to deliver it himself. The presentation may be a bit too feminine for some but the material is difficult to dramatize.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1950
Publisher: Random House