Plain, Honest Men: 2 of 2: The Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman

Nov 06, 04:59 AM


(Photo:English: "The House intended for the President of the United States, in Ninth Street Philadelphia." W. Birch & Son, The City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania North America, as it appeared in the Year 1800 (Published by W. Birch, Springland Cut, near Neshamany Bridge on the Bristol Road; Pennsylvania. Decr 31st 1800), Plate 13.

Built in the 1790s by the State of Pennsylvania to be the Executive Mansion of the United States, neither President George Washington nor President John Adams would occupy it. Following the national capital's move from Philadelphia to the District of Columbia in 1800, the building housed the University of Pennsylvania. It was demolished in the 1820s.

Date 1799

Source Birch's Views of Philadelphia (1800), Plate 13.

Author William Russell Birch (1755–1834)


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Plain, Honest Men:  2 of 2: The Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman

In May 1787, in an atmosphere of crisis, delegates met in Philadelphia to design a radically new form of government. Distinguished historian Richard Beeman captures as never before the dynamic of the debate and the characters of the men who labored that historic summer. Virtually all of the issues in dispute—the extent of presidential power, the nature of federalism, and, most explosive of all, the role of slavery—have continued to provoke conflict throughout our nation's history. This unprecedented book takes readers behind the scenes to show how the world's most enduring constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and fragile consensus. As Gouverneur Morris, delegate of Pennsylvania, noted: "While some have boasted it as a work from Heaven, others have given it a less righteous origin. I have many reasons to believe that it is the work of plain, honest men."