“The fate of America was suspended by a hair,” declared Gouverneur Morris, the draftsman of the Constitution, about the fateful summer of 1787, when he joined the young nation’s most prominent leaders—George Washington, whom he admired; Benjamin Franklin, whom he teased; and Alexander Hamilton, his dear friend—in Philadelphia. Join us as we follow Morris to the famed Constitutional Convention and discover how the decisive assembly forever altered the course of American history.
Richard Brookhiser is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and the author of Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution. Dale Gregory (moderator) is Vice President for Public Programs at the New-York Historical Society.
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