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In For Ourselves and Our Posterity: The Preamble to the Federal Constitution in American History, author Peter Charles Hoffer offers a sweeping, dramatic narration of a crucial moment in Early American history. Over the course of five days in September 1787, five men serving on an ad hoc "Committee of Style and Arrangement" edited the draft of the federal Constitution at the Constitutional Convention, profoundly recasting the wording of the Preamble. In so doing, the committee changed a federation into a Union and laid out an ambitious program for national governance many years ahead of its time. The Preamble and all that it came to represent was the unique achievement of a remarkable group of men at a momentous turning point in American history. Providing a clear exposition of constitutional issues, For Ourselves and Our Posterity features individual portraits of the leading framers at the heart of this dramatic event.
Editor's Foreword Preface Acknowledgements
Introduction Prologue: Dinner at Mrs. Dailey's Boarding House One: The Revolutionary Republics, The Confederation, and their Laws Two: The Constitutional Convention Meets Three: The Drafting of the Preamble Four: The Preamble and Federalism, 1787-1801
Five: The Preamble in Crisis Times, 1801-1865
Six: Legacies of the Preamble Epilogue: "Our Posterity"
Notes For Further Reading Index