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In this state-by-state analysis of politics during the Confederation and the debates over the enlargement of Congressional powers prior to the formation of the Constitution, Main presents the deliberations of the ratifying conventions, the local circumstances that affected decisions, the alignment of delegates, and the factors that made some of the delegates change their minds.
This study of the Antifederalists is welcomed for its penetrating conclusions about the role of individuals, the content of their thought, and the means whereby they expressed their opposition to the projected American Constitution.(American Historical Review)