Philadelphia Reflections

The musings of a physician who has served the community for over six decades

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Constitutional Era
American history between the Revolution and the approach of the Civil War, was dominated by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Background rumbling was from the French Revolution. The War of 1812 was merely an embarrassment.

Four Constitutions
Multi-national unions of republics are uncommon, usually brief and seldom voluntary. America has had three of them, but we only got it right the second time. Uncertain why we succeeded when many others failed, we remain skeptical of changing the rules. The Europeans, on the other hand, are uncertain whether they want to follow the Confederate States of America toward extinction, or the United States of America toward world domination. When deeply considered, it is a hard choice.

The Civil War
Over 600,000 young males died in the Civil War, about slavery and the Union which permitted it. A major gender imbalance then distorted the rest of the century, while racial issues supplanted slavery issues.

Confederate States of America: Constitution

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