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||General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, General Washington, Roger Sherman, United States
"Jeremy," shouted Thomas, "what's going on?"
"They're fighting again," called Jeremy from across the street.
"What about this time?" Thomas asked.
"Who knows," Jeremy yelled back.
It was hot that summer of 1787. The bugs were awful. There was something big going on in Philadelphia. Many great men were meeting there that summer.
Thomas had heard his father talking about the meeting. General George Washington was there. Four big, strong men carried a chair to the meeting. Sitting in the chair was Benjamin Franklin. James Madison went to every meeting. Thomas's father said they were writing a constitution.
Thomas asked his father about it. His father explained this way. "We are a brand new country. Our citizens fought England for our freedom. Now we must make a set of rules to live by. Everyone needs rules. These men want to make that set of rules."
"Why do they yell at each other so much?" asked Thomas.
"They all think they know what is best for the country," answered father. "They all want to do what is right."Paragraphs 10 to 18:
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