The making of our Constitution is a story of how 55 men changed the course of our nation. It is a story of daring and courage, but it is also a story of subterfuge, misdirection and treachery.
The making of our Constitution is a story of how 55 men changed the course of our nation. It is a story of daring and courage, but it is also a story of subterfuge, misdirection and treachery. Harsh words, to be sure, but the times were different then.
The story is told brilliantly in the Collier brothers' book “Decision in Philadelphia.” We will learn how, despite the complex and factional forces at work, the varied backgrounds of the delegates, and the growing mistrust among the states, after four months of deliberation a document emerged that changed a nation. It is this story, and the lives and personalities of the delegates, that we will explore in five classes.
Students will select a delegate or two to research and to share what they learn, both in class and on our web site. As such this course will be more akin to a study group rather than a formal lecture series. And, as in any good study group, each class will start with strong coffee and conversation to be followed by discussions and presentations.
Classes will take place at the Dover Library’s Community Room from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25 and Nov. 8. The cost for all five classes is $35.
To register for the class, or to receive additional information, please contact the instructor, Fred Parmenter, at www.historysleuths.org.
The Friends of the Dover Council on Aging sponsor Dover’s Lifetime Learning Classes.