Fifty-five men from 12 virtually autonomou s states came to Philadelphia in 1787 in a brave some thought foolhardy attempt to replace a loose and fragile confederation with a strong national government. They were politicians, judges, governors, and Revolutionary War veterans. Thomas Jefferson called them "demigods." For a long, hot summer they debated, argued, and compromised. In the end, they carved out a bold new document designed to "secure the blessings of liberty" for Americans. Their achievement became a standard of enlightenment the world over. Here is New York Times bestselling historian Thomas Fleming's dramatic account of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and its astonishing triumph.
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New Word City, Inc.
June 30, 2011
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