The Constitutional Convention affected nothing less than a revolution in the nature of the American government. Led by James Madison, a small cohort of delegates devised a plan that would radically alter the balance of power between state and national governments, and then sprung that idea on a largely unsuspecting convention. The success of this bold and brilliant strategy was, however, far from assured, and the ultimate outcome of the delegates' labors-the creation of a frame of government that would enable the fragile American union to flourish-turned out to be very different from that which Madison had originally envisioned. In fact, there was very little agreement among the framers about the nature of the government they had just created.
Audiences will come to appreciate the challenges that the Founding Fathers faced in creating a form of government that, while imperfect in many respects, nevertheless approaches, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, "so near to perfection as it does."
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"The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was convened to define and unite the loosely bonded states into the federal government we know today. The author takes the appropriate opportunity to digress into the pasts of the most prominent delegates. The largest polemic the convention faced was the issue of slavery. Narrator Michael Prichard can do little to make such a factual account exciting, but, as always, his inflections and ability with words make the story listenable and compelling. Opportunities for characterizations or individual voices don't exist, so he keeps his listeners' attention by uniting all he reads into a smooth narrative. The exhaustive information will whet the appetites of history enthusiasts. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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