Reading Group Guide to We the People: The Story of our Constitution
By Lynne Cheney About the Book
Bestselling author Lynne Cheney continues her passionate endeavor to bring American history to life for the country’s youngest citizens—and young people around the world. We the People
presents a meticulous account of the events surrounding the creation of the United States Constitution along with well-chosen quotations from those involved in making this great document, which is the oldest written national constitution in use today. “Our children deserve to hear the inspiring stories of our country’s beginnings,” Mrs. Cheney says. “We should teach them about Washington, Madison, and Franklin and all the bravery, creativity, and persistence that went into the founding of our nation.” Discussion Topics
1. Before reading this book, what did you imagine America was like after George Washington’s troops defeated the British at Yorktown in 1781? Explain the difficulties Americans faced following their Revolutionary War victory.
2. Delegates from how many states came to the 1787 convention in Philadelphia? How many days did it take to gather enough delegates to begin? Do you think this is different from present-day political conventions? Why or why not?
3. What was James Madison’s bold idea for the n