The Founders

The 39 Stories Behind the U.S. Constitution
Fradin, Dennis B. (Book - 2005)
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The Founders

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The stories behind the Constitution are as powerful as the nation it created. "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." After the American Revolution, the thirteen united states were joined, barely, by an almost powerless government. The federal army was too weak to defend the nation; there was no national currency; and there was no authority to collect taxes for debts. Soon states' militias were needed to quiet rebellions. As Washington wrote, if a change wasn't made soon, the new nation "rais[ed] at the expense of so much blood and treasure, must fall." Delegates from twelve of the thirteen states met in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to create the United States Constitution. But it was no easy task-- four months of bitter debate ensued, in which arguments became so heated that delegates nearly abandoned the convention many times. Thirty-nine men ultimately signed this important, influential framework that saved our country and gave us our amazingly strong and balanced federal government. Dennis Brindell Fradin and Michael McCurdy combine their talents to bring all of the founders stories to light in this fascinating companion volume to their bestselling book The Signers.
Authors: Fradin, Dennis B.
Title: The founders
the 39 stories behind the U.S. Constitution
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2005
Characteristics: 162 p. :,ill. ;,28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Dennis Brindell Fradin ; illustrations by Michael McCurdy
Contents: Delaware / John Dickinson, George Read, Gunning Bedford Jr., Jacob Broom, Richard Bassett
Pennsylvania / Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson, Gouverneur Morris, Robert Morris, George Clymer, Thomas Mifflin, Jared Ingersoll, Thomas Fitzsimons
New Jersey / William Livingston, William Paterson, David Brearley, Jonathan Dayton
Georgia / Abraham Baldwin, William Few
Connecticut / Roger Sherman, William Samuel Johnson
Massachusetts / Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King
Maryland / James McHenry / Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, Daniel Carroll
South Carolina / John Rutledge, Pierce Butler, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney
New Hampshire / John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman
Virginia / James Madison, George Washington, John Blair
New York / Alexander Hamilton
North Carolina / Hugh Williamson, Richard Dobbs Spaight
Rhode Island
United States Constitution
Additional Contributors: McCurdy, Michael
ISBN: 0802789730
Branch Call Number: j 973.3 F799f 2005
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Constitutional history United States Juvenile literature United States Politics and government 1783-1789 Juvenile literature Statesmen United States Biography Juvenile literature United States. Constitution Signers Biography Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Constitutional history
LCCN: 2004066123
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