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Signed on September 17, 1787four years after the American War for Independencethe Constitution laid out the supreme law of the United States of America. Today it's easy for us to take this blueprint of our government for granted. But the Framersfifty-five men from almost all of the original 13 statesargued fiercely for many months over what ended up being only a four-page document. Here is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the hotly fought issuesthose between Northern and Southern States; big states and little onesand the key players such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington who suffered through countless revisions to make the Constitution happen.
About the Author
Patricia Brennan Demuth is the author of several Who HQ titles, including Who Was Bill Gates?, What Was Ellis Island?, What Was Pearl Harbor?, and Who Was Charlie Chaplin?
Tim Foley is a freelance illustrator who currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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What Is the Constitution?
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Table of Contents
What Is the Constitution? 1
A Limping Government 6
Who's Coming to Philadelphia? 15
Virginia Has a Plan 28
Small versus Big 38
A Battle between North and South 50
Decisions, Decisions 57
"We the People" 74
The Bill of Rights 86
The Living Constitution 97