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Library of America #0062: The Debate on the Constitution: Part 2: January to August 1788

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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 worlds 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 Two gathers collected press polemics and private commentaries from January to August 1788, including all the amendments proposed by state ratifying conventions as well as dozens of speeches from the South Carolina, Virginia, New York, and North Carolina conventions. Included are dramatic confrontations from Virginia, where Patrick Henry pitted his legendary oratorical skills against the persuasive logic of Madison, and from New York, where Alexander Hamilton faced the brilliant Antifederalist Melancton Smith.

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).

 

Synopsis:

The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.

About the Author

BERNARD BAILYN is Adams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, emeritus, at Harvard University. He is the author many acclaimed works, including The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution and Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution.

Table of Contents

pt. 1. Debates in the press and in private correspondence, September 17, 1787-January 12, 1788. Debates in the state ratifying conventions: Pennsylvania, November 20-December 15, 1787; Connecticut, January 3-9, 1788; Massachusetts, January 9-February 7, 1788 — pt. 2. Debates in the press and in private correspondence, January 14-August 9, 1788. Debates in the state ratifying conventions: South Carolina, May 12-24, 1788; Virginia, June 2-27, 1788; New York, June 17-July 26, 1788; North Carolina, July 21-August 4, 1788

Product Details

ISBN:
9780940450646
Editor:
Bailyn, Bernard
Publisher:
Library of America
Editor:
Bailyn, Bernard
Author:
Bailyn, Bernard
Author:
Various
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Constitutional history
Subject:
Federalist
Subject:
United States Politics and government 1783-1789.
Subject:
EE.UU
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Library of America (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
0062
Publication Date:
19930631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
1216
Dimensions:
8.12x5.25x1.44 in. 1.67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.
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