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We the People

We the People

The Story of Our Constitution

Illustrated by: Greg Harlin
For Ages: 5 - 9
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Now in paperback, Lynne Cheney’s New York Times bestselling illustrated history of how the Constitution came to be.

“I am mortified beyond expression when I view the clouds which have spread over the brightest morn that ever dawned upon any country.” —George Washington

America had won the Revolution, but our troubles were far from over. The thirteen states were squabbling, the country could not pay its bills, and in Massachusetts farmers had taken up arms against the government. Was our country, which had fought so hard for its independence, going to survive?

In May 1787 delegates from across the country—including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin—gathered in Philadelphia and, meeting over the course of a sweltering summer, created a new framework for governing: the Constitution of the United States. Their efforts turned a shaky alliance of states into a nation that would prosper and grow powerful, drawing its strength for centuries to come from “We the people” and inspiring hope for freedom around the world.

Now in paperback for the first time, this richly illustrated tale of a crucial point in our nation’s history will enthrall readers young and old.
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  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442444225 | 
  • January 2012 | 
  • Grades K - 4
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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 see more

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