Contested Conventions: The Struggle to Establish the Constitution and Save the Union, 1787-1789

Contested Conventions: The Struggle to Establish the Constitution and Save the Union, 1787-1789

by Melvin Yazawa

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421420264
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 968,649
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Melvin Yazawa is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of From Colonies to Commonwealth: Familial Ideology and the Beginnings of the American Republic and the editor of The Diary and Life of Samuel Sewall.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Constitution Day ix

Abbreviations Used in the Notes xvii

Part 1 Creation: The Critical Period of American History 1

1 A Union of Large and Small States 19

2 A Union with Slaveholders 58

Part 2 Ratification: Stacking the Deck 99

3 Massachusetts and the First Nine States 109

4 Virginia Matters 144

5 New York Joins the Union 175

6 North Carolina, the Bill of Rights, and the Madisonian Exchange 209

Epilogue: A New Generation Who Know Not Us 243

Appendixes A The Perils of Originalism 269

B Constitutional Convention: Attendance by States 280

C Chronology of Ratification 281

Index 283

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Woody Holton

An accurate and very well-written narrative of the federal convention that wrote the US Constitution. Melvin Yazawa employs his formidable skills in the service of telling readers about the creation of the Constitution and its ratification by four different states, offering many interesting insights along the way.

Peter S. Onuf

A compelling look at constitution-making in real time by a first-rate historian. Focusing on key developments at critical moments, Yazawa captures and clarifies the unfolding narratives in Philadelphia and at the most important state conventions, bringing his subjects (and the subjects of their debates) to life. Lucidly written, this book should engage its readers' unflagging attention.

Jack Fruchtman Jr.

A useful, readable, and accessible treatment of the critical founding moments in early American history. This book will fill a noteworthy gap in studies of this period.

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