The Anti-Federalist Papers ; And, The Constitutional Convention Debates

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Ralph Ketcham
Signet Classic, 2003 - Fiction - 406 pages
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The complete texts of the documents that tell the story of the clashes and compromises that gave birth to the Unites States of America.

Should the members of the government be elected by direct vote of the people?
Should the government be headed by a single executive, and how powerful should that executive be? Should immigrants be allowed into the United States?
How should judges be appointed?
What human rights should be safe from government infringement?


In 1787, these important questions and others were raised by such statesmen as Patrick Henry and John DeWitt as the states debated the merits of the proposed Constitution. Along with The Federalist Papers, this invaluable book documents the political context in which the Constitution was born. 

This volume includes the complete texts of the Anti-Federalist Papers and Constitutional Convention debates, commentaries, and an Index of Ideas. It also lists cross-references to its companion volume, The Federalist Papers, available in a Signet Classic edition. 

Edited and with an Introduction by Ralph Ketchum

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User Review  - dragonasbreath - LibraryThing

Unless your an avid student of politics, this book is a VERY hard read. But if you're interested in how the United States of America was born, it's worth plowing your way through. And you might just ... Read full review

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The encroachment on civil and political rights, in the post Obama inauguration period, suggests that the Anti-Federalist writers provide reasonable alternatives to the imposition of government power ... Read full review

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Ralph Ketchum is Professor of History and Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He is the author of many books on American History, including Presidents Above Party: The First American Presidency; From Colony to Country: The Revolution in American Thought, 1750-1820; and James Madison: A Biography.

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