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Thanksgiving stands as one of the most American of holidays, an autumnal ritual fixed in the imagination as honoring the piety and perseverance of the nation’s earliest arrivals during colonial days....
Nearly all of the blockbuster biographies of the Founding Fathers—whether the subject is George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, or John Adams—portray the vast majority of ordinary Americans as mere bystanders. Meanwhile a host of other historians have been quietly documenting the many ways in which women, slaves, natives, and small farmers—the 95 percent of Americans who were not members of the founding-era gentry—shaped the independence movement and Revolutionary War and were in turn influenced by both.
Philadelphia was the commercial and cultural hub of the British colonies and is indelibly linked in Americans’ minds as the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the writing of the US Constitution.
The agenda-shaping role that Madison set out to play at the Constitutional Convention when he drafted a working paper, which he called Vices of the Political System of the United States, in the early spring of 1787 might suggest that his claims to constitutional paternity are well deserved.
Mercy Otis Warren fostered and modeled women’s participation in the body politic through the promulgation of virtue in the public arena. Through her writings, she had supported the American Revolution and, when the Constitution seemed to repudiate the liberties promised in the Revolution, she turned her talents to supporting the Antifederalists.
Glossary Term – Event
Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The first draft denounced the slave trade, but that passage was omitted from final text.