May 1787, Philidalphia its now or never for the anything of the United States of America If they don’t come up with a Constitution, to establish a functioning central government, the new nation will most certainly implode. The states and 55 send 55 delegates to a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to repair the woefully inadequate Articles of Confederation. There are all kinds of questions about what’s going to be the direction for this new nation and you can’t have 13 different answers, you have to have one answer. These men are charged with nothing less than devising a whole new system of government. The one thing they can agree on is to keep the proceedings secret Which will insure candor and allow a full range of arguments. Among the group are both new and old faces. Including the most revered man in America. Washington is the presiding chairman and president of the Constitutional Convention. His presence is very important for the legitimacy of this new Constitution. The last thing George Washington wanted to do after 8 grueling years of war was leave his beloved Mount Vernon home. At 55 he is tempted to rest on his laurels, but he is keenly aware all of his efforts could be undone. I think Washington is nervous about what is going to happen to the country if they don’t have a new form of government. He has a national vision of America. That’s why he’s important to being in that room. There are other visionaries in the room. Alexander Hamilton from New York is a brilliant 32 year old war veteran and attorney. Benjamin Franklin, the great negotiator, now old and frail but ever wise and reliable, joins the Pennsylvania delegates. Among the missing are two of the Revolution’s most forceful voices: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. who are serving as foreign ministers in England and France. Adams and Jefferson are just, I think, frantic with the fact that a new government is being written about and they’re not there! In their place, the man with the plan. –the Virginia Plan–is James Madison. A 36 year old career politician from Virginia. Madison knew this moment would come and has spent years formulating a new government structure.