Everybody’s Watching

The Making of the Constitution

Everybody’s Watching

EVERYBODY’S WATCHING takes place in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, during the hot summer of 1787 when delegates gathered to write a new Constitution. As five students struggle to complete a “boring” history assignment on the Constitution, Mr. History magically appears and convinces them to time travel back to Philadelphia, 1787, and participate in the framing of the Constitution.

Sherman’s Connecticut Compromise allows progress to be made, and the delegates vote themselves a vacation. George Washington and Randolph go fishing, where they meet two children: the daughter of an immigrant and the child of a slave. In “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” an anthem to inclusiveness, the children inspire the grown-ups to make sure that the Constitution includes everyone, no matter creed or color.

When the Constitution is nearing a final vote, Rutledge threatens to destroy all their work by declaring that the South will never agree to the abolishment of slavery. It is up to Madison to compromise now, if he wants his Constitution. He strikes a deal with Rutledge and the Constitution passes.

Time traveling back to the present, the kids have learned important values about compromise and inclusiveness. Mainly, of course, they have learned that history is fun!

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