Shh! Were Writing the Constitution! Jean Fritz

ISBN: 9780606162173

Published: December 29th 1997


64 pages


Shh! Were Writing the Constitution!  by  Jean Fritz

Shh! Were Writing the Constitution! by Jean Fritz
December 29th 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 64 pages | ISBN: 9780606162173 | 4.16 Mb

This is a great little book (probably aimed at middle-school kids, but great reading even for adults) telling a short version of the story of the Constitutional Convention. It is peppered with little tidbits about the delegates (like fishing habits or what they wrote home to their children) that give them personality and humanity. Told in simple and straightforward language, it also hits on all of the hot-button topics that would ultimately lead to four months of deliberation and debate: state rights, representation, slavery, how to choose a president, etc.

I also gained a better sense of the important distinction between the terms national (a central government with power over the states) and federal (a government of an association of states that give up none of their individual rights). The original Constitution never used the word national because it was so offensive to many of the delegates. Our states therefore were joined into a federation, and not a nation, to create the United States of America.Overall, an enjoyable and educational read.

The full text (and its not very long) of the original Constitution is included at the end of the book. We the people never fails to inspire a little thrill of pride.

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