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Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits, and the Struggle for the Constitution

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An eye-opening examination of America's foundation On September 17, 1787, at the State House in Philadelphia, thirty-nine men from twelve states, after months of often bitter debate, signed America's Constitution. Yet very few of the delegates, at the start, had had any intention of creating a nation that would last. Most were driven more by pragmatic, regional interests than by idealistic vision. Many were meeting for the first time, others after years of contention, and the inevitable clash of personalities would be as intense as the advocacy of ideas or ideals.

No issue was of greater concern to the delegates than that of slavery: it resounded through debates on the definition of treason, the disposition of the rich lands west of the Alleghenies and the admission of new states, representation and taxation, the need for a national census, and the very make-up of the legislative and executive branches of the new government. As Lawrence Goldstone provocatively makes clear in Dark Bargain, to a significant and disquieting degree, America's most sacred document was molded and shaped by the most notorious institution in its history.

Goldstone chronicles the forging of the Constitution through the prism of the crucial compromises made by men consumed with the needs of the slave economy. As the daily debates and backroom conferences in inns and taverns stretched through July and August of that hot summer--and as the philosophical leadership of James Madison waned--Goldstone clearly reveals how tenuous the document was, and how an agreement between unlikely collaborators--John Rutledge of South Carolina, and Roger Sherman and Oliver Ellsworth of Connecticut--got the delegates pasttheir most difficult point. Dark Bargain recounts an event as dramatic and compelling as any in our nation's history.

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Goldstone chronicles the forging of the Constitution through the prism of thecrucial compromises made by men consumed with the needs of the slave economy.240 pp.

Synopsis:

Lawrence Goldstone throws new light on the framing of the U. S. Constitution in this intriguing chronicle of the Constitutional debates, bringing to life the remarkable range of personalities and rivalries that forged the foundation of our country. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 is generally viewed as dominated by the likes of Madison, Mason, Gouverneur Morris, and a few others; in fact, as Goldstone shows, relative unknowns like Rutledge, Ellsworth, and Sherman took over the debate and forged its eventual outcome. He also reveals how the debate over slavery was not split along North-South lines.

About the Author

Goldstone has written, along with his wife Nancy, several other books including Out of the Flames, The Friar and the Cipher, Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World, and Warmly Inscribed: The New England Forger and Other Tales.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802715074
Author:
Goldstone, Lawrence
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Constitutions
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandw illustrations throughout
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.29 x 5.51 x 0.69 in

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"Synopsis" by , Goldstone chronicles the forging of the Constitution through the prism of thecrucial compromises made by men consumed with the needs of the slave economy.240 pp.
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Lawrence Goldstone throws new light on the framing of the U. S. Constitution in this intriguing chronicle of the Constitutional debates, bringing to life the remarkable range of personalities and rivalries that forged the foundation of our country. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 is generally viewed as dominated by the likes of Madison, Mason, Gouverneur Morris, and a few others; in fact, as Goldstone shows, relative unknowns like Rutledge, Ellsworth, and Sherman took over the debate and forged its eventual outcome. He also reveals how the debate over slavery was not split along North-South lines.
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