Library Journal - Library JournalThis documentary history is an excellent collection of speeches, articles, and letters concerning the ratification of the U.S. Constitution during the period from September 1787 to August 1788. The documents, which include both classic works and less known but important papers, are presented in chronological order, demonstrating support and opposition to various constitutional provisions. Debates from three state ratifying conventions (Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut) show the states' central arguments concerning the proposed Constitution. In addition, there are useful notes, a chronology of events, and biographical information on the writers. While many items here originally appeared in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin's multivolume Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution ( LJ 7/76), this compendium provides an excellent reference source for budget-minded academic and larger public libraries. History Book Club and Conservative Book Club selections.-- Steven Puro, St. Louis Univ.
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