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The U.S. Constitution, 2nd Edition by Timothy Harper

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CHAPTER2

The Birth of the Constitution

In This Chapter

  • The Constitutional Convention of 1787
  • Historical and theoretical influences
  • Controversy and compromise
  • The Preamble

The convention in Philadelphia contemplated not only a totally new document, but also a totally new form of government. The delegates, mostly well educated and prosperous, were well versed in political thought and theory, and they knew their history.

From the beginning of the convention, the men were confronted with deal-breaker issues. But through sheer determination, they came up with acceptable compromises, although often grudgingly and rarely unanimously.

The Constitutional ...

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