The Convention Episodes

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LET US ASTONISH OUR ENEMIES

The Convention ends with Benjamin Franklin’s call to action. Gouverneur Morris is tasked with crafting the Preamble


THE TWO ANCHORS

As the Convention lurches towards completion, it seems that it may all be for naught. But two men will inspire the delegates to complete the work


LIFE, LIBERTY & PROPERTY

For the first time, the Convention really grapples with what the overall purpose of their Constitution will be.


THE STEAMSHIP PERSEVERANCE

Desperately needing a break from the proceedings, the delegates visit a nearby inventor who has a grand idea, maybe even a bit ahead of its time


THE COMMITTEE ON EVERYTHING

After Rutledge finishes the first draft of the Constitution, the committee work begins in earnest to polish and fix the Constitution


10 to 4

Frustration and irritation have set in. In an attempt to refocus the effort, a proposal is made to change the working hours of the Convention


GONE FISHING

The Delegates take a scheduled break. As Washington goes fishing, five delegates remain behind to compile the first rough draft of the Constitution


THE SECOND MAN

As the Convention debates the role of the Presidency, every man there knows who the first President will be. They have to craft the office, though, for the second man who may not be of equal character


YOU MEAN TO TAKE OUR SLAVES

Gouverneur Morris returns after a weeks long absence and attempts to undue the compromise over slavery that has already been reached


GEORGE MASON’S PROMISE

Virginia’s Mason is finding himself opposed tot he ideas and direction the Convention is taking, but his promise to stay to the end helps to keep the Convention working


THE BREADTH OF A HUMAN HAIR

The Convention is in grave danger of failure and falling apart. Over the Independence Day Holiday, Franklin will lead a committee of eleven to come up with a compromise plan to present after the short break


NOT EVEN A PRAYER

The Convention is almost at an impasse. In desperation Franklin suggests that the Delegates hire a Chaplain. But the idea meets with surprising opposition


HAMILTON’S FOLLY

New York’s Hamilton is one of Washington’s closest allies. But in his zeal for the new government, he reveals a bit too much of his idea of what it should look like


WILSON’S WAY

Pennsylvania’s Wilson and South Carolina’s Rutledge are caught in the bitter fight over proportional representation. In order to get the idea approved, some compromise must be made. Wilson agrees to the 3/5th’s idea over slavery


THE 14th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Little known and unappreciated, Nathaniel Gorham, the 14th President of the US, is chosen to lead the working side of the Convention


THE SPIN DOCTORS

The Convention has dropped a blanket of secrecy over the proceedings. But, newspapers continue to write stories about what’s going on. Where are they getting their information?


JOHN DICKINSON SAVES DELAWARE

The small States are already concerned that the large States mean to simply swallow them up with what is rumored to be a new government, not just a revision or amendment to the Articles of Confederation


DANIEL ST. THOMAS OF JENNIFER

The Delegates gather for the Philadelphia Convention


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