If citizens think politics are nasty nowadays, they were arguably nastier in 1787 when America’s new frame of government was bruited about.

The statesmen who debated the architecture of freedom were not above petty politics, yet somehow they sorted through their personality differences and diverse regional interests to compromise on the essentials. Indeed, the convention offers valuable lessons in bipartisanship that desperately need heeding today. In a story that never grows old in the telling, Gleaves Whitney looks at the challenges the founders stared down on their world historic mission, that of creating a New Republic.

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