What Is the Constitution?

What Is the Constitution?

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We the people at Who HQ bring readers the full story—arguments and all—of how the US Constitution came into being.

Signed on September 17, 1787—four years after the American War for Independence—the 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 Framers—fifty-five men from almost all of the original 13 states—argued 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 issues—those between Northern and Southern States; big states and little ones—and the key players such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington who suffered through countless revisions to make the Constitution happen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524786113
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: Penguin What Was... Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 531,327
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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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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

Timelines 106

Bibliography 108

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