Making the Constitution

The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution

Submitted by FHMaster on Sat, 01/14/2017 - 23:49

"Americans revere their Constitution. However, most of us are unaware how tumultuous and improbable the drafting and ratification processes were. As Benjamin Franklin keenly observed, any assembly of men bring with them "all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests and their selfish views." One need not deny that the Framers had good intentions in order to believe that they also had interests.

The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

Submitted by FHMaster on Sat, 01/14/2017 - 11:40

"The little known story of perhaps the most productive Congress in US history, the First Federal Congress of 1789–1791.

The First Congress was the most important in US history, says prizewinning author and historian Fergus Bordewich, because it established how our government would actually function. Had it failed—as many at the time feared it would—it’s possible that the United States as we know it would not exist today.