When I was just beginning work toward my doctoral degree at the University of Chicago in 1966 I sat down and read a work of “non-academic” history, Catherine Drinker Bowen’s wonderful narrative account of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Miracle at Philadelphia. I was thoroughly fascinated by her account, and in the forty-five years since that intellectual epiphany, I have maintained a passionate interest in our Constitution—both in the manner of its creation and in its subsequent operation. In some important senses my career as a constitutional scholar owes to the original inspiration provided by Miracle at Philadelphia.
I am now serving as the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where I have taught for forty-three years. It has been my great privilege during those years to teach thousands of bright Penn undergraduates and graduate students the subject I love—the history of the American Revolution and Constitution. More...
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In 1768, Philadelphia physician Benjamin Rush stood before the empty throne of King George III, overcome with emotion as he gazed at the symbol of America’s connection with England. Read more
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See Rick Beeman in the PBS Special Constitution USA With Peter Segal.
The four-part series premieres Tuesday, May 7 at 9/8c.
Advance Praise For Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor.
“Lively study of the main players of the two Continental Congresses.... Beeman elegantly moves through the deeply compelling process of how these motley characters fashioned government as an agency for the people. A welcome addition to a rich, indispensable field of scholarly study.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“The biggest accomplishment in all of American politics was the first. Richard Beeman tells the intricate, grinding, suspenseful story of how thirteen contentious colonies agreed to leave an empire and form a nation.”
—Richard Brookhiser, author of James Madison