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The Bill of Rights and the States: The Colonial and Revolutionary Origins of American Liberties

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Fourteen individual state essays elucidate the complexitites of local and regional interests that shaped the debate over individual rights and the eventual adoption of the Bill of Rights.

Author Biography: Patrick T. Conley is professor of history at Providence College and has authored many books on the Constitution and Rhode Island history including "Democracy in Decline, Rhode Island's Constitutional Development, 1776-1841". John P. Kaminski is the director of The Center for ...

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Overview

Fourteen individual state essays elucidate the complexitites of local and regional interests that shaped the debate over individual rights and the eventual adoption of the Bill of Rights.

Author Biography: Patrick T. Conley is professor of history at Providence College and has authored many books on the Constitution and Rhode Island history including "Democracy in Decline, Rhode Island's Constitutional Development, 1776-1841". John P. Kaminski is the director of The Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written and spoken widely on early American history and the Constitution. He is a former president of The Association for Documentary Editing.

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A companion to The Constitution and the states (Madison House, 1988), this volume is a comparative history of the origins of civil rights and liberties in each of the colonies up to and including the struggle for and adoption of the Bill of Rights. Includes three introductory essays, a comprehensive bibliographic essay, and some 60 illustrations (portraits, broadsides, maps) with extended captions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945612292
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.45 (d)

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Patrick T. Conley is professor of history at Providence College and has authored many books on the Constitution and Rhode Island history including Democracy in Decline, Rhode Island's Constitutional Development, 1776-1841. John P. Kaminski is the director of The Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written and spoken widely on early American history and the Constitution. He is a former president of The Association for Documentary Editing.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Table of Illustrations Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Antecedents of the Bill of Rights: Found in the Revolutionary Declarations of Rights and Constitutions Chapter 5 Chronology: Ratification of the Bill of Rights Part 6 An Overview of Colonial and Revolutionary America Chapter 7 Rights in Passage: English Liberties in Early America Chapter 8 The Constitution without a Bill of Rights Chapter 9 "A Tub to the Whale": The Adoption of the Bill of Rights Part 10 The New England States Chapter 11 Massachusetts: From Liberties to Rights: The Struggle in Colonial Massachusetts Chapter 12 Connecticut: Liberty, Justice, and No Bill of Rights: Protecting Natural Rights in a Common-Law Commonwealth Chapter 13 Rhode Island: Rhode Island: Laboratory for the "Lively Experiment" Chapter 14 New Hampshire: New Hampshire Accepts the Bill of Rights Chapter 15 Vermont: Freedom and Unity: Vermont's Search for Security of Property, Liberty, and Popular Government Part 16 The Middle States Chapter 17 New York: Liberty as Nature's Gift: The Colonial Origins of the Bill of Rights in New York Chapter 18 New Jersey: A Study in Paradox: New Jersey and the Bill of Rights Chapter 19 Delaware: Delaware: Armed in the Cause of Freedom Chapter 20 Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania: Pioneer in Safeguarding Personal Rights Part 21 The Southern States Chapter 22 Virginia: "That All Men Are Born Equally Free and Independent": Virginians and the Origins of the Bill of Rights Chapter 23 Maryland: "To Maintain Inviolate Our Liberties": Maryland and the Bill of Rights Chapter 24 South Carolina: "Their Liberties, Properties and Priviledges": Civil Liberties in South Carolina, 1663-1791 Chapter 25 North Carolina: "There Ought to Be a Bill of Rights": North Carolina Enters a New Nation Chapter 26 Georgia: Frontier Haven: Georgia and the Bill of Rights Chapter 27 Bibliography: The Bill of Rights: A Bibliographic Essay Chapter 28 Author-Editor Index to the Bibliographic Essays Chapter 29 Index Chapter 30 Notes on Contributors

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