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The Debate on the Constitution, Part One: September 1787 to February 1788

by Bernard Bailyn (Editor)

Other authors: John Adams (Contributor), Samuel Adams (Contributor), Fisher Ames (Contributor), John Armstrong (Contributor), Isaac Backus (Contributor)82 more, Joseph Barrell (Contributor), Nathaniel Barrell (Contributor), George Bryan (Contributor), Samuel Bryan (Contributor), Charles Carter, Jr. (Contributor), Tench Coxe (Contributor), William Cushing (Contributor), Nathan Dane (Contributor), Thomas Dawes, Jr. (Contributor), John Dickinson (Contributor), Oliver Ellsworth (Contributor), William Findley (Contributor), Benjamin Franklin (Contributor), Elbridge Gerry (Contributor), Christopher Gore (Contributor), Alexander Hamilton (Contributor), John Hancock (Contributor), William Heath (Contributor), Patrick Henry (Contributor), Jeremiah Hill (Contributor), Abraham Holmes (Contributor), Francis Hopkinson (Contributor), Samuel Huntington (Contributor), James Iredell (Contributor), William Irvine (Contributor), Charles Jarvis (Contributor), John Jay (Contributor), Thomas Jefferson (Contributor), William Jones (Contributor), Martin Kinsley (Contributor), Marquis de Lafayette (Contributor), Arthur Lee (Contributor), Henry (“Light-Horse Harry”) Lee (Contributor), Richard Henry Lee (Contributor), James Madison (Contributor), James Madison, Jr. (Contributor), John Marshall (Contributor), Luther Martin (Contributor), George Mason (Contributor), Armand-Marc Montmorin-Saint-Herem, Comte de (Contributor), Eleonore Francois Elie Moustier, Marquis de (Contributor), Samuel Nasson (Contributor), Samuel Osgood (Contributor), Louis-Guillaume Otto, Comte de Mosloy (Contributor), Samuel Holdens Parsons (Contributor), Edmund Pendleton (Contributor), Henry Pendleton (Contributor), Timothy Pickering (Contributor), Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (Contributor), Edmund Randolph (Contributor), David Redick (Contributor), Benjamin Rush (Contributor), Roger Sherman (Contributor), Daniel Shute (Contributor), Amos Singletary (Contributor), John Smilie (Contributor), Jonathan Smith (Contributor), Melancton Smith (Contributor), William Stephens Smith (Contributor), Isaac Snow (Contributor), John Stevens, Jr. (Contributor), Ezra Stiles (Contributor), Increase Sumner (Contributor), Lawrence Taliaferro (Contributor), George Thatcher (Contributor), Samuel Thompson (Contributor), Charles Tillinghast (Contributor), George Lee Turberville (Contributor), Charles Turner (Contributor), Joseph Bradley Varnum (Contributor), James Wadsworth (Contributor), Thomas Baker Wait (Contributor), Bushrod Washington (Contributor), George Washington (Contributor), Noah Webster (Contributor), Pelatiah Webster (Contributor), Samuel West (Contributor), Robert Whitehill (Contributor), William Widgery (Contributor), James Wilson (Contributor), James Winthrop (Contributor), Benjamin Workman (Contributor)

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Here, on a scale unmatched by any previous collection, is the extraordinary energy and eloquence of our first national political campaign: During the secret proceedings of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the framers created a fundamentally new national plan to replace the Articles of Confederation and then submitted it to conventions in each state for ratification. Immediately, a fierce storm of argument broke. Federalist supporters, Antifederalist opponents, and seekers of a middle ground strove to balance public order and personal liberty as they praised, condemned, challenged, and analyzed the new Constitution Gathering hundreds of original texts by Franklin, Madison, Jefferson, Washington, and Patrick Henry--as well as many others less well known today--this unrivaled collection allows readers to experience firsthand the intense year-long struggle that created what remains the world's oldest working national charter. Assembled here in chronological order are hundreds of newspaper articles, pamphlets, speeches, and private letters written or delivered in the aftermath of the Constitutional Convention. Along with familiar figures like Franklin, Madison, Patrick Henry, Jefferson, and Washington, scores of less famous citizens are represented, all speaking clearly and passionately about government. The most famous writings of the ratification struggle -- the Federalist essays of Hamilton and Madison -- are placed in their original context, alongside the arguments of able antagonists, such as "Brutus" and the "Federal Farmer." Part One includes press polemics and private commentaries from September1787 to January 1788. That autumn, powerful arguments were made against the new charter by Virginian George Mason and the still-unidentified "Federal Farmer," while in New York newspapers, the Federalist essays initiated a brilliant defense. Dozens of speeches from the state ratifying conventions show how the "draft of a plan, nothing but a dead letter," in Madison's words, had "life and validity...breathed into it by the voice of the people." Included are the conventions in Pennsylvania, where James Wilson confronted the democratic skepticism of those representing the western frontier, and in Massachusetts, where John Hancock and Samuel Adams forged a crucial compromise that saved the country from years of political convulsion. Informative notes, biographical profiles of all writers, speakers, and recipients, and a detailed chronology of relevant events from 1774 to 1804 provide fascinating background. A general index allows readers to follow specific topics, and an appendix includes the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution (with all amendments). LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.… (more)
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A collection of historical documents relating to the development, implementation, and ratification of the Constitution of the US ( )
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"Debates in the press and in private correspondance : September 17, 1787-January 12, 1788", "Debates in the state ratifying conventiosn : Pennsylvania, November 20-December 15, 1787 ; Connecticut, January 3-9, 1788 ; Massachusetts, January 9-February 7, 1788"
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Backus, IsaacContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Here, on a scale unmatched by any previous collection, is the extraordinary energy and eloquence of our first national political campaign: During the secret proceedings of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the framers created a fundamentally new national plan to replace the Articles of Confederation and then submitted it to conventions in each state for ratification. Immediately, a fierce storm of argument broke. Federalist supporters, Antifederalist opponents, and seekers of a middle ground strove to balance public order and personal liberty as they praised, condemned, challenged, and analyzed the new Constitution Gathering hundreds of original texts by Franklin, Madison, Jefferson, Washington, and Patrick Henry--as well as many others less well known today--this unrivaled collection allows readers to experience firsthand the intense year-long struggle that created what remains the world's oldest working national charter. Assembled here in chronological order are hundreds of newspaper articles, pamphlets, speeches, and private letters written or delivered in the aftermath of the Constitutional Convention. Along with familiar figures like Franklin, Madison, Patrick Henry, Jefferson, and Washington, scores of less famous citizens are represented, all speaking clearly and passionately about government. The most famous writings of the ratification struggle -- the Federalist essays of Hamilton and Madison -- are placed in their original context, alongside the arguments of able antagonists, such as "Brutus" and the "Federal Farmer." Part One includes press polemics and private commentaries from September1787 to January 1788. That autumn, powerful arguments were made against the new charter by Virginian George Mason and the still-unidentified "Federal Farmer," while in New York newspapers, the Federalist essays initiated a brilliant defense. Dozens of speeches from the state ratifying conventions show how the "draft of a plan, nothing but a dead letter," in Madison's words, had "life and validity...breathed into it by the voice of the people." Included are the conventions in Pennsylvania, where James Wilson confronted the democratic skepticism of those representing the western frontier, and in Massachusetts, where John Hancock and Samuel Adams forged a crucial compromise that saved the country from years of political convulsion. Informative notes, biographical profiles of all writers, speakers, and recipients, and a detailed chronology of relevant events from 1774 to 1804 provide fascinating background. A general index allows readers to follow specific topics, and an appendix includes the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution (with all amendments). LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

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The two-volume set The Debate on the Constitution contains the speeches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and letters that relate firsthand the struggle that created what ultimately became the world’s oldest working national charter. Here are over a hundred voices, including Franklin, Madison, Jefferson, Washington, Patrick Henry—as well as many additional participants not as well known today. You’ll find the case against the new charter by Virginian George Mason and the still-unidentified “Federal Farmer”; the essential Federalist Papers by Madison and Hamilton in their original dramatic context; and the crucial compromise forged by John Hancock and Samuel Adams in Massachusetts. The volumes also include complete texts of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution (with all amendments); detailed biographical profiles of all authors in the set; informative notes; and a full historical chronology.
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