Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution. By Richard Beeman.

 History has portrayed the framers of the Constitution of the United States as either divinely inspired or villainous in various texts.  Richard Beeman has taken neither approach in his book Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution.  Beeman has chosen instead to break these men free of their previous molds by creating a work that takes the reader behind the scenes showing the framers as just plain, honest men who took their representative responsibilities seriously.  In his book, Beeman reveals the uncertainty of the framers as they debated in secret during that sweltering hot summer in Philadelphia to try to create a more solid governing document.  Beeman gives his reader a “full narrative account” of these months including debates in taverns, boardinghouses, and even private homes showing that these meetings were not the only place where the business of running the country was discussed.  He also shows by this work that these men were not trying to create perfection, but rather were “committed to the quest of a more perfect union” that ultimately resulted in the longest standing governmental document in history.[1]

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