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Miracle at Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention James Madison, Father of the Constitution I. The Setting of the Philadelphia Convention A) Early decision to re-write, rather than tinker with the Articles of Confederation B) Open agreement secretly arrived at--Washington's plea C) Intent of the Convention 1) Economic --Charles Beard--protect property rights and make America safe from democracy. 2) Idealistic--make a perfect Union 3) Pragmatic--dealing with the question of sovereignty. Placing common interests over regional or personal concerns. II. The Participants A. 55 delegates from 12 states 1) Young (average age 42), professional (over half were lawyers), men of economic substance 2) Many were Revolutionary War veterans
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3) Absent: Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, other Revolutionary War heroes. B. Key Participants 1) Washington--president of the convention 2) Madison--researched every previous republic a) Large republic is not only possible, it's preferred b) Popularly elected officials with sovereignty in the hands of the
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