David J. Bodenhamer

in The Revolutionary Constitution

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780199360444
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190254339 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the 1787 Philadelphia Convention, which was called to address problems with the Articles of Confederation. The delegates shared common concerns such as the weakness of the national government, the destructive bickering among the states, and popular discontent that threatened both anarchy and a tyranny of the majority. In seeking a republican solution for the problems confronting the United States, they achieved a reimagining of power as an ally of liberty instead of its implacable foe. In the process, they invented a constitution, created a national republic, previously thought to be impossible, and paved the way for a modern democratic state.

Keywords: Philadelphia Convention; Constitution; Articles of Confederation; government; power; liberty

Chapter.  10975 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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