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The Debate on the Constitution

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Debate on the Constitution. Volume One: September 1787 to February 1788
The Debate on the Constitution: Volume One: September 1787 to February 1788 book jacket Edited by: Bernard Bailyn
Library of America
ISBN: 0-940450-42-9
Series Number: 62
Product Code: 200446; 1214 pages
Price: $35.00
Bernard Bailyn, editor. Part One: September 1787 to February 1788. The Debate on the Constitution charts the course of the bloodless revolution that created the government of the United States and the world's oldest working national charter. The extraordinary energy and eloquence of the ratification struggle is captured here firsthand in a unique collection of speeches, newspaper articles, pamphlets and letters. Part One presents press polemics and private commentaries from September 1787 to January 1788. Highlights include the state ratifying convention in Pennsylvania, where James Wilson confronted the deep democratic skepticism of the frontier delegates, and in Massachusetts, where John Hancock and Samuel Adams forged a crucial compromise that saved the country from political convulsion. A detailed chronology of events, biographical profiles, and notes provide fascinating background. An appendix prints the complete text of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution with all amendments. "The best resource for understanding the morning headlines I've seen in a long time."Bill Moyers

 

Debate on the Constitution. Volume Two: January to August 1788
The Debate on the Constitution: Volume Two: January to August 1788 book jacket Edited by: Bernard Bailyn
Library of America
ISBN: 0-940450-64-X
Series Number: 63
Product Code: 200636; 1175 pages
Price: $35.00
Bernard Bailyn, editor. Part Two: January to August 1788 charts the course of the bloodless revolution that created the government of the United States and the world's oldest working national charter. In speeches, newspaper articles, pamphlets and letters, this unique collection captures firsthand the energy and eloquence of the stormy ratification struggle. Part Two features press polemics and private commentaries from January to August 1788, along with amendments proposed by state ratifying conventions. Highlights include dramatic confrontations from the Virginia convention, where Patrick Henry pitted his legendary oratorical skills against the incisive logic of Madison. A detailed chronology of events, biographical profiles, and notes provide fascinating background. An appendix prints the complete text of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution with all amendments.


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