As the oldest still operational written constitution in the world, the U.S. Constitution-and the concepts it proclaims- have been under almost constant attack since its inception. At a convention in 1787, fifty-five delegates assembled in Philadelphia to revise and amend the Articles of Confederation, only to emerge sixteen weeks later with a new document: the U.S. Constitution. The convention was filled with constant debate over how much power should be given to government and how should this power be allocated, state rights v. nationalists, small states v. large states, political conservatives v. political liberals, and slave-owners v. non-slave-owners. Fifty-five biographies, one for each delegate, are presented. Biographies include such notable individuals as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Luther Martin, and James Madison. An introductory essay, appendices including the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution, and an annotated bibliography are also included.
The Shapers of the Great Debate series takes a biographical approach to history, following the premise that people make history in the circumstances in which they find themselves. Each volume in this series examines the lives and experiences of the individual's involved in a particular debate through major and minor biographies.
Number of pages: 388
Weight: 716 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm
Edition: Annotated edition
"This resource offers alphabetically arranged biographies of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention....The subjects' early lives and careers are described, but the focus is on the political positions that each delegate held on a number of issues, including the tensions between Southern and Northern states on slavery, trade policies, navigation laws, the divisions between large and small states, and the differences between those favoring states' rights versus those for a strong national government. This well-documented book will help students understand how these individuals were influenced by the questions of the day and gain knowledge of the early history of the U.S. The appendixes contain the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States." - School Library Journal
"[U]ses biography to consider the backgrounds, underlying influences, and political and social pressures of the shapers of the Constitution, providing invaluable information on its underlying influences." - The Bookwatch
"Over the course of 16 weeks, delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 revised and amended the Articles of Confederation in order to create the new U.S. Constitution. This alphabetically arranged volume presents concise biographies of the Convention's 55 delegates. Each entry describes an individual's participation in the deliberations, with an emphasis on his position in the Great Debate between proportional versus equal representation for states in the legislature." - Reference & Research Book News