A Child of Fortune: A Correspondent’s Report on the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution and Battle for a Bill of Rights

By Jeffrey St. John
Read by Jeff Riggenbach

10.55 Hours 01/01/1999 unabridged
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In this exciting audio production, prize-winning journalist and historian Jeffrey St. John simulates day-by-day reportage to make you a firsthand witness to the 1787–1788 political battle to ratify the US Constitution. Discover how close both sides of the debate came to resorting to violence and rigged elections and witness Patrick Henry’s challenge to a pistol duel at the Virginia convention. Observe the Constitution’s sanction of slavery and the delegate revolts it produced, Massachusetts Governor John Hancock’s secret deal to deliver his state in return for support of his candidacy for the presidency, and how the soft-voiced James Madison defeated America’s greatest orator. Vastly entertaining, this book is both a popular history and an important contribution to the study of the founding of the American Republic.

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In this exciting audio production, prize-winning journalist and historian Jeffrey St. John simulates day-by-day reportage to make you a firsthand witness to the 1787–1788 political battle to ratify the US Constitution. Discover how close both sides of the debate came to resorting to violence and rigged elections and witness Patrick Henry’s challenge to a pistol duel at the Virginia convention. Observe the Constitution’s sanction of slavery and the delegate revolts it produced, Massachusetts Governor John Hancock’s secret deal to deliver his state in return for support of his candidacy for the presidency, and how the soft-voiced James Madison defeated America’s greatest orator.

Vastly entertaining, this book is both a popular history and an important contribution to the study of the founding of the American Republic.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This book and its companion Constitutional Journal should be required reading to graduate from high school.” U.S. Supreme Court former Chief Justice Warren Burger
“The ratification of the American Constitution…was an exciting occurrence that still reverberates throughout our world and that will continue to do so throughout the new century and beyond.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Jeffrey St. John

Jeffrey St. John is the author of six books, and has written extensively for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. He won the National Press Foundation award for writing on the Constitution, and his work in television has received two Emmys.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English