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The founders: the 39 stories behind the U.S. Constitution

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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.

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subject_facet United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1789 -- Juvenile literature
table_of_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 Fitzsimon) -- 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 Pikney) -- New Hampshire (John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman) -- Virginia (James Madison, George Washington, John Blair) -- New York (Alexander Hamilton) -- North Carolina (Hugh Williamson, Richard Dobbs Spaight, William Blount) -- Rhode Island.
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title The founders : the 39 stories behind the U.S. Constitution
title_alt 39 stories behind the U.S. Constitution., 39 stories behind the United States Constitution., Thirty-nine stories behind the U.S. Constitution.
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title_short The founders :
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