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Which revolutionary leader refused to attend the Philadelphia Convention because he opposed a strong national government?

a. Thomas Jefferson
b. Patrick Henry
c. John Adams
d. Alexander Hamilton

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2429, Who did not attend the Philadelphia Convention?
Jefferson, Adams, and Patrick Henry did not attend the Philadelphia Convention, but for different reasons.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2428, Roger Sherman at the Philadelphia Convention
Roger Sherman attended nearly every session of the Philadelphia Convention and was instrumental in creating the Connecticut Compromise.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2427, Edmund Randolph at the Philadelphia Convention
Edmund Randolph refused to sign the Constitution, but later campaigned for its ratification.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2426, Gouverneur Morris at the Philadelphia Convention
Gouverneur Morris wrote much of the actual text of the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2425, James Wilson at the Philadelphia Convention
James Wilson was born in Scotland. He was active in the Revolution, and led the ratification effort in Pennsylvania.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2424, Alexander Hamilton at the Philadelphia Convention
Alexander Hamilton was outvoted by his fellow New Yorkers, but he campaigned hard for the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2423, Benjamin Franklin at the Philadelphia Convention
Benjamin Franklin was 81 and in poor health at the Philadelphia Convention, but rarely missed a meeting.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2422, James Madison at the Philadelphia Convention
Today we learn about James Madison, the brilliant and versatile "father of the Constitution."
60-Second Civics: Episode 2421, George Washington at the Philadelphia Convention
George Washington was so respected that he was unanimously elected president of the Philadelphia Convention.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2420, Delegates to the Philadelphia Convention
The delegates to the Philadelphia Convention varied widely in age in ability.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2419, State participation in the Philadelphia Convention
In 1787 the Constitutional Convention began in Philadelphia.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2418, Shays' Rebellion, Part 3
What were the long-term effects of Shays' Rebellion? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2417, Shays' Rebellion, Part 2
Daniel Shays and his "Regulators" attempt to seize a state armory to fuel their rebellion.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2416, Shays' Rebellion, Part 1
Angry farmers and a showdown with the government: Sound familiar? Except this rebellion happened in 1786.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2415, Debt and instability after the American Revolution
An economic downturn in the mid-1780s led to a crisis in the early American republic.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2414, Economic consequences of the American Revolution
The Revolutionary War had both good and bad consequences for the economy.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2413, Low turnout at the Annapolis Convention
The Annapolis Convention was disappointing, but it did result in a call to amend the Articles of Confederation.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2412, Fixing the Articles of Confederation
Problems with the Articles of Confederation led to calls for reform.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2411, Majority tyranny under state governments
The threat of majority tyranny concerned Americans
60-Second Civics: Episode 2410, Localists vs. cosmopolitans
Learn about the tensions between localists and cosmopolitans after the Revolutionary War.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2409, Treatment of loyalists after the American Revolution
Some state governments refused to protect loyalists after the American Revolution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2408, A weak national government created problems
A weak Congress created many problems in the early United States.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2407, Agreements with other nations under the Articles of Confederation
International trade was particularly difficult under the Articles of Confederation.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2406, Limited government power under the Articles
Limiting the power of the national government too much turned out to be a disaster.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2405, Admitting states to the Union
Today we learn how new states were admitted to the Union under the Northwest Ordinance.