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Book
viii, 358 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • About Madison's notes
  • Introduction
  • PART I. NOTES BEFORE THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. The genre of legislative diaries
  • The practice of working notes
  • PART II. LEARNING TO KEEP A CONVENTIONAL DIARY. The success of the opening days
  • Struggling with speeches
  • PART III. RECORDING THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. An account of failed strategies
  • Acquiring a new role
  • PART IV. ABANDONING THE NOTES. The complexity of drafting
  • The Convention's changing relevance
  • PART V. COMPLETING THE NOTES. Correcting and revising the notes
  • The influence of Mr. Jefferson
  • Conclusion
  • The evidence.
No document depicts the Constitutional Convention's charismatic figures, crushing disappointments, and miraculous triumphs with the force of Madison's Notes. But how reliable is this account? Drawing on digital technologies and textual analysis, Mary Sarah Bilder reveals that Madison revised to a far greater extent than previously recognized.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674055278 20161031
Green Library
HISTORY-252-01, HISTORY-352-01
Book
xii, 354 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
  • *A Note to the Reader Introduction The Declaration of Independence The U.S. Constitution Amendments to the Constitution *A Calendar of Events *Further Reading *Credits *Acknowledgments.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674036062 20160528
Here in a beautifully bound cloth gift edition are the two founding documents of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence (1776), our great revolutionary manifesto, and the Constitution (1787-88), in which 'We the People' forged a new nation and built the framework for our federal republic. Together with the Bill of Rights and the Civil War amendments, these documents constitute what James Madison called our 'political scriptures', and have come to define us as a people. Now a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian serves as a guide to these texts, providing historical contexts and offering interpretive commentary. In an introductory essay written for the general reader, Jack N. Rakove provides a narrative political account of how these documents came to be written. In his commentary on the Declaration of Independence, Rakove sets the historical context for a fuller appreciation of the important preamble and the list of charges leveled against the Crown. When he glosses the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the subsequent amendments, Rakove once again provides helpful historical background, targets language that has proven particularly difficult or controversial, and cites leading Supreme Court cases. There is a chronology of events that provides a framework for understanding the road to Philadelphia. The general reader will not find a better, more helpful guide to our founding documents than Jack N. Rakove.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674036062 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-252-01, HISTORY-352-01
Book
xvi, 439 p. ; 25 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-252-01, HISTORY-352-01
Book
xiv, 653 p. 24 cm.
Green Library, SAL3 (off-campus storage)
HISTORY-252-01, HISTORY-352-01