Synopses & Reviews
America had won the Revolution, but our troubles were far from over. The thirteen states were squabbling, the country could not pay its bills, and in Massachusetts farmers had taken up arms against the government. Was our country, which had fought so hard for its independence, going to survive? In May 1787 delegates from across the country -- including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin -- gathered in Philadelphia and, meeting over the course of a sweltering summer, created a new framework for governing: the Constitution of the United States. Their efforts turned a shaky alliance of states into a nation that would prosper and grow powerful, drawing its strength for centuries to come from "We the people" and inspiring hope for freedom around the world.
The #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of "America" and "Our 50 States" now examines the history of the U.S. Constitution. Cheney takes young readers back to Philadelphia in 1787, where delegates including George Washington and James Madison created a new framework for governing a national Full color.
America had won the Revolution, but the nation's troubles were far from over. In May 1787, delegates from across the country--including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin--gathered in Philadelphia to create a new framework for governing: the Constitution of the United States.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Lynne Cheneyandlt;/bandgt;'s most recent book is the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestseller, andlt;Iandgt;We the People: The Story of Our Constitutionandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Greg Harlin. She is also the author of the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestsellers andlt;Iandgt;America: A Patriotic Primerandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Womenandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriotsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in Americaandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across Americaandlt;/iandgt;, and has written a memoir, andlt;Iandgt;Blue Skies, No Fencesandlt;/iandgt;. Mrs. Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Vice President Richard B. Cheney.andlt;bandgt;Greg Harlinandlt;/bandgt; is an acclaimed artist and illustrator. His books for children include andlt;Iandgt;Dangerous Crossingandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Paul Revere's Midnight Rideandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Mississippiandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;Hanukkah at Valley Forgeandlt;/iandgt;, winner of the 2007 Sydney Taylor Book Award. He has spent much of his twenty-eight working years recreating history through his paintings. His work has appeared in many national periodicals, including andlt;Iandgt;National Geographicandlt;/iandgt;, National Park Service publications, and andlt;Iandgt;Kids Discoverandlt;/iandgt; magazine, and has received award recognition from the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration, among other entities. Mr. Harlin lives in Annapolis, Maryland.