The Constitutional Convention, 1787
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In 1823, the Reverend Charles Goodrich published "A History of the United States of America," based on his successful school textbook, as a work for the general public. As was the custom, the book was sold by subscription.
Goodrich divided American history into eleven periods, each of them illustrated by an engraving. He noted in his Preface that "The engravings are introduced rather to aid the memory in retaining the general division, and the characteristics of each period, than for the purpose of embellishment." There is no mention of the artist.
Chapter VI shows the delegates to the Constitutional Convention seated before a semi-circular table, while to the right Washington stands on a podium, quill in hand, writing in a large book.
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