The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 6, 2011 - History - 256 pages
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In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed. A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend the states against foreign threats–without becoming as overbearing as England. So thirty-six-year-old James Madison believed. That summer, the Virginian was instrumental in organizing the Constitutional Convention, in which one of the world’s greatest documents would be debated, created, and signed. Inspired by a sense of history in the making, he kept the most extensive notes of any attendee.Now two esteemed scholars have made these minutes accessible to everyone. Presented with modern punctuation and spelling, judicious cuts, and helpful notes–plus fascinating background information on every delegate and an overview of the tumultuous times–here is the great drama of how the Constitution came to be, from the opening statements to the final votes. This Modern Library Paperback Classic also includes an Introduction and appendices from the authors.


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This is a very important book that shows us just how much of a struggle it was for the Founding Fathers to write the Constitution. Subjects like small states vs. large states, rich vs. poor, and North ... Read full review

Review: The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison

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This is a very important book that shows us just how much of a struggle it was for the Founding Fathers to write the Constitution. Subjects like small states vs. large states, rich vs. poor, and North ... Read full review

Contents

FRIDAY JULY 13
TUESDAY JULY 17
WEDNESDAY JULY 18
THURSDAY JULY 19
SATURDAY JULY 21
MONDAY JULY 23
TUESDAY AUGUST 7
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8

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THURSDAY JUNE 7
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MONDAY JUNE 18
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THURSDAY JUNE 28
FRIDAY JUNE 29
SATURDAY JUNE 30
MONDAY JULY 2
THURSDAY JULY 5
FRIDAY JULY 6
MONDAY JULY 9
TUESDAY JULY 10
WEDNESDAY JULY 11
THURSDAY JULY 12
MONDAY AUGUST 13
TUESDAY AUGUST 14
FRIDAY AUGUST 17
TUESDAY AUGUST 21
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22
THURSDAY AUGUST 30 1787
FRIDAY AUGUST 31 1787
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 17
EPILOGUEA POORLY KEPT SECRET
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ONDELEGATES SPEAKING IN THIS RECORD
APPENDIX ATHE VIRGINIA PLAN
APPENDIX BTHE NEW JERSEY PLAN
APPENDIX CCOMMITTEE OF DETAIL DRAFT CONSTITUTION
APPENDIX DCONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
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About the author (2011)

Edward J. Larson is Russell Professor of History and Talmadge Professor of Law at the University of Georgia. He received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for his book Summer for the Gods. His most recent book is Evolution: The Remarkable History of the Scientific Theory, published by Modern Library.
Michael Winship, a specialist in early American history, is professor of history at the University of Georgia. He is the author of numerous books and articles.


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