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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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