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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 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).

 

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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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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.

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jmstraig, May 15, 2007 (view all comments by jmstraig)
In two compact and well bound volumes, Bernrad Bailyn (a notable historian of the early American Republic) brings together a wide range of documents that shed light on the intense debate over the constitution. While the obvious documents, such as the Federalist Papers, are included, the organization and selection of works puts these documents in their broader context. The often glossed over Anti-Federalist side is given a treatment here that is rivaled only by Herbert Storing's 7 volume Complete Anti-Federalist. For their contribution to a clear understand of the compromises and controversies that the American Constitution was founded on, these volumes merit inclusion in even the smallest library of American history.
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ISBN:
9780940450424
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:
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
Pages:
1214
Dimensions:
8.16x5.27x1.44 in. 1.69 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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