The Debate That Made the Constitution of the United States

Author: James Madison
Publisher: e-artnow
ISBN: 9788026880578
Release Date: 2018-01-01
Genre: Political Science

The Constitutional Convention took place from May 25 to September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The intention of many of its proponents, chief among them James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, was to create a new government rather than fix the existing one. The delegates elected George Washington to preside over the Convention. The result of the Convention was the creation of the United States Constitution, placing the Convention among the most significant events in the history of the United States. The Constitutional Convention created a new, unprecedented form of government by reallocating powers of government. Every previous national authority had been either a centralized government, or a "confederation of sovereign constituent states." The American power-sharing was unique at the time. The sources and changes of power were up to the states. The foundations of government and extent of power came from both national and state sources. But the new government would have a national operation.

Supplement to Max Farrand s The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787

Author: James H. Hutson
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300039042
Release Date: 1987
Genre: History

The Federal Convention of 1787 engaged in the great and complex labor of framing the Constitution for the union of the states. For thirty years afterward, little was known of its deliberations, and nothing official was published about them. The variety of versions that began to appear thereafter tended to confuse rather than clarify the situation. Now, two hundred years after the Federal Convention, a 'Supplement to Farrand’s' source is available.

James Madison s Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 and Their Relation to a More Perf

Author: James Brown Scott
Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC
ISBN: 1110994532
Release Date: 2009-07
Genre: History

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James Madison s Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 and Their Relation to a More Perfect Society of Nations

Author: James Brown Scott
ISBN: 1164682059
Release Date: 2010-09

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Author: Pauline Maier
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451606362
Release Date: 2010-11-23
Genre: History

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Winner of the George Washington Book Prize When the delegates left the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in September 1787, the new Constitution they had written was no more than a proposal. Elected conventions in at least nine of the thirteen states would have to ratify it before it could take effect. There was reason to doubt whether that would happen. The document we revere today as the foundation of our country’s laws, the cornerstone of our legal system, was hotly disputed at the time. Some Americans denounced the Constitution for threatening the liberty that Americans had won at great cost in the Revolutionary War. One group of fiercely patriotic opponents even burned the document in a raucous public demonstration on the Fourth of July. In this splendid new history, Pauline Maier tells the dramatic story of the yearlong battle over ratification that brought such famous founders as Washington, Hamilton, Madison, Jay, and Henry together with less well-known Americans who sometimes eloquently and always passionately expressed their hopes and fears for their new country. Men argued in taverns and coffeehouses; women joined the debate in their parlors; broadsides and newspaper stories advocated various points of view and excoriated others. In small towns and counties across the country people read the document carefully and knew it well. Americans seized the opportunity to play a role in shaping the new nation. Then the ratifying conventions chosen by "We the People" scrutinized and debated the Constitution clause by clause. Although many books have been written about the Constitutional Convention, this is the first major history of ratification. It draws on a vast new collection of documents and tells the story with masterful attention to detail in a dynamic narrative. Each state’s experience was different, and Maier gives each its due even as she focuses on the four critical states of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, and New York, whose approval of the Constitution was crucial to its success. The New Yorker Gilbert Livingston called his participation in the ratification convention the greatest transaction of his life. The hundreds of delegates to the ratifying conventions took their responsibility seriously, and their careful inspection of the Constitution can tell us much today about a document whose meaning continues to be subject to interpretation. Ratification is the story of the founding drama of our nation, superbly told in a history that transports readers back more than two centuries to reveal the convictions and aspirations on which our country was built.

The Summer of 1787

Author: David O. Stewart
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743286930
Release Date: 2008-05-20
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Traces the events of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in a historical account that covers such topics as the fierce conflicts that influenced the writing of the Constitution, the issues that divided the states, and the contributions of key players.

Miracle at Philadelphia

Author: Catherine Drinker Bowen
Publisher: Turtleback Books
ISBN: 0613034295
Release Date: 1986-09-30
Genre: History

A history of the men, issues and background of the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787.


Author: Clinton Rossiter
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393304043
Release Date: 1987
Genre: History

“Consistently provocative . . . The political method of the framers and its historical appropriateness are luminously explained. —Journal of American History

The Federalist Papers

Author: Alexander Hamilton
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 9781775454991
Release Date: 2011-09-01
Genre: Political Science

Perhaps the most essential distillation of the Founders' vision of America, The Federalist Papers consist of a series of 85 essays in favor of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Attributed to Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, the essays tackle an array of topics that are just as relevant today as they were more than 200 years ago, including human rights, republican governance, the proper scope and jurisdiction of a federal government, and much more.

Vindicating the Founders

Author: Thomas G. West
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0847685179
Release Date: 2000-11-28
Genre: History

Describes the myths surrounding the Founding Father's political thought and contrasts their ideas of liberty and equality with today's views.