Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History / Edition 1

Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History / Edition 1

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by James Madison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812975170

ISBN-13: 2900812975177

Pub. Date: 11/08/2005

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed. A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend the states against foreign threats–without…  See more details below

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In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed. A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend the states against foreign threats–without becoming as overbearing as England. So thirty-six-year-old James Madison believed. That summer, the Virginian was instrumental in organizing the Constitutional Convention, in which one of the world’s greatest documents would be debated, created, and signed. Inspired by a sense of history in the making, he kept the most extensive notes of any attendee.Now two esteemed scholars have made these minutes accessible to everyone. Presented with modern punctuation and spelling, judicious cuts, and helpful notes–plus fascinating background information on every delegate and an overview of the tumultuous times–here is the great drama of how the Constitution came to be, from the opening statements to the final votes. This Modern Library Paperback Classic also includes an Introduction and appendices from the authors.

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ISBN-13:
2900812975177
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/08/2005
Series:
Modern Library Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256

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The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful overview of the Constitutional Convention. Madison's notes have been abridged to omitting the superfluous and directing attention on the important parts of the convention. This is an essential book for anyone interested in the history of our constitution. In addition to Madison¿s notes, the book includes The Virginia Plan, The New Jersey Plan, and the Draft and Final Constitution of the United States.
Dmnmemaine More than 1 year ago
With a current movement by a certain group of people in recent years for staying true to the "original intent" of the framers of the U.S. Constitution, this book is a must read for all. One may be surprised to learn that "original intent" isn't as cut and dried as some people might think it is.
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