The Genius of the People

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Genius of the People is a timely account of the birth of America’s national government during the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Charles L. Mee Jr. vividly describes the personalities, issues, conflicts, compromises, and implications of an epoch-making meeting of brilliant and not-so-brilliant political leaders, whose vision and shortsightedness still direct our lives today.

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The U.S. Constitution was framed in 1789 not by individuals sharing the same goals or class interests, but by men of "myriad diverging appetites, ideals and interests." None of the Philadelphia convention delegates was entirely happy about the document they drafted, as they had been forced into a "succession of vexing or detestable compromises." In the process, however, they embraced principles promising "liberty and justice for all." Carrying this story through to ratification, Mee has produced an excellent popular history of the Constitutional Convention: well written, informed, and perceptive. While specialists may deplore Mee's dramatic license, his volume makes for lively reading. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. BOMC featured alternate. Roy H. Tryon, Delaware State Archives, Dover
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