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In late September 1787, when a new constitution was thrust upon the 13 states for approval, a fierce storm of argument broke out throughout the country. Now, for the first time, the energy and eloquence of this turning point in American history is captured in Debate on the Constitution: September 1787–August 1788.
This two-volume set contains the speeches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and letters that relate firsthand the struggle that created what ultimately became the world’s oldest working national charter. Here are over a hundred voices, including Franklin, Madison, Jefferson, Washington, Patrick Henry—as well as many additional participants not as well known today. You’ll find the case against the new charter by Virginian George Mason and the still-unidentified “Federal Farmer”; the essential Federalist Papers by Madison and Hamilton in their original dramatic context; and the crucial compromise forged by John Hancock and Samuel Adams in Massachusetts. The volumes also include complete texts of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution (with all amendments); detailed biographical profiles of all authors in the set; informative notes; and a full historical chronology.
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The most comprehensive one-volume selection of Jefferson ever published—1,600 pages in all. Contains the Autobiography, Notes on the State of Virginia, public and private papers, including the original and revised drafts of the Declaration of Independence, addresses, and 287 letters. "Writings gives the reader a chance to assess the power of the man's pen and, by this standard, his character and mind." —The New York Times• No obligation to buy anything else—ever!
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