"Whatever happened to --------?" A common question as we think about our personal histories. What about our national history? I had never thought about the question with regard to the lesser known 'Founders' - the men of the Constitutional Convention. This compact volume at the least reminds us that there were many men, of various personal histories, to whom we remain indebted for the incredible document under which we live. I find the details of their lives after the Convention intriguing, with both sad and happy conclusions.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-06-06 Kiernan and D'Agnese (coauthors of Signing Their Lives Away) return with an identical format for this companion volume. Opening with a brief historical background, they trace events before the creation of the U.S. Constitution, when the fledging United States was on the verge of political collapse due to the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. Amid fears of a civil war, distrustful delegates gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to expand the Articles of Confederation, but in such a "contentious environment," many quit. The 39 who stayed are featured in minibiographies that do not always flatter them. Thomas Mifflin was a drunkard, Robert Morris "the signer who went to debtor's prison," while other signers, more gloriously, "overcame religious discrimination" or, mundanely, "lived the longest." At the end of lengthy heated debates, Benjamin Franklin urged everyone to set aside his dissatisfactions with the final document and "make manifest our unanimity" by signing it. All 39 delegates did so. This is a lightweight introduction to a crucial moment in American history that might appeal more to younger readers. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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