Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the United States Constitution
This book introduces readers to the thirty-nine men who met in the summer of 1787 to compromise and put aside personal gain for the greater good of the nation, by signing their names to the U.S. Constitution. These men were just as quirky and flawed as the elected officials we have today: Hugh Williamson believed in aliens, Robert Morris went to prison, Johnathan Dayton stole $18,000 from Congress, and Thomas Mifflin was ruined by alcohol. Yet somehow these imperfect men managed to craft what is now the world's oldest living Constitution. With thirty-nine mini-biographies and a reversible dust jacket that unfolds into a facsimile of the Constitution, Signing Their Rights Away offers an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.