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Miracle at Philadelphia Topics for Discussion

Catherine Drinker Bowen
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Bowen uses the word "Miracle" in the title of the book. What is miraculous about the events she describes?

The thirteen states still consider themselves almost as independent countries in alliance with one another. How is this idea of state sovereignty addressed in the final plan of the Constitution? Is it preserved or destroyed?

Discuss the political and geographic differences between the states that lead to division during the Convention.

How does Bowen's characterization of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and Franklin compare with the more common images of these men in American history?

Bowen does not give citations or use footnotes in the narrative, even when quoting directly from primary sources. How does this technique affect the reading of the book?

Bowen focuses her narrative on a very specific timeframe. What are the advantages and disadvantages to this approach of writing history?

What are some...

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