Constitution and the States: The Role of the Original Thirteen in the Framing and Adoption of the Federal Constitution


In thirteen essays—one on each state—noted historians provide a fascinating picture of the political process by which competing interests and ideas formed the Constitution.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Hardcover (1st ed)
$43.70 price
(Save 5%)$46.00 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $22.41   
  • New (1) from $195.00   
  • Used (4) from $22.40   
Sending request ...


In thirteen essays—one on each state—noted historians provide a fascinating picture of the political process by which competing interests and ideas formed the Constitution.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Published by Madison House Publishers, 2016 Winnebago Street, PO Box 3100, Madison WI 53704. Consists of 13 chapters which discuss the role of each of the 13 original states in the framing and adoption of the Constitution. Contains some 75 illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945612025
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Chronology: Ratification of the Constitution Part 5 The Constitution and the States Chapter 6 Introduction: "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union": The United States, 1774-1791 Chapter 7 Delaware: Delaware Becomes the First State Chapter 8 Pennsylvania: From Revolution to Constitution: Pennsylvania's Path to Federalism Chapter 9 New Jersey: New Jersey and the Two Constitutions Chapter 10 Georgia: Georgia: Security through Union Chapter 11 Connecticut: Sovereignty Finessed: Roger Sherman, Oliver Ellsworth, and the Ratification of the Constitution in Connecticut Chapter 12 Massachusetts: Massachusetts and the Creation of the Federal Union, 1775-1791 Chapter 13 Maryland: Necessity, the Mother of Union: Maryland and the Constitution, 1785-1789 Chapter 14 South Carolina: South Carolina: A Conservative Revolution Chapter 15 New Hampshire: Ideology and Hardball: Ratification of the Federal Constitution in New Hampshire Chapter 16 Virginia: Virginia: The Cement of the Union Chapter 17 New York: Adjusting to Circumstances: New York's Relationship with Federal Government, 1776-1788 Chapter 18 North Carolina: States' Rights and Agrarianism Ascendant Chapter 19 Rhode Island: First in War, Last in Peace: Rhode Island and the Constitution, 1786-1790 Chapter 20 Bibliography: Posterity Views the Founding: General Published Works Pertaining to the Creation of the Constitution; A Bibliographic Essay Chapter 21 Index Chapter 22 Notes on Contributors

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)