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A nation must think before it acts.
. . . Given all these contingencies it would appear that the birth of a United States of America was a fluke. And yet the historical narrative also suggests that what made that glorious fluke possible was the location, culture, and people of Philadelphia. If Washington was the indispensable man, then Philadelphia was the indispensable city that made possible the Declaration of Independence, victory in the Revolutionary War, and the triumph of the Constitution. . . .
This E-Book is based on a presentation to an FPRI History Institute on The Creation of Liberal Democracy: Did it Happen in Philadelphia by Accident? (held September 28-29, 2013).