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Ratification : the people debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

by Maier, Pauline, 1938-

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The dramatic story of the debate over the ratification of the Constitution, the first new account of this seminal moment in American history in years. Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • The morning after
  • "Take this or nothing"
  • A war of printed words : the national debate begins
  • The Pennsylvania convention
  • with Delaware, New Jersey, and Georgia
  • "We the people" of Connecticut and Massachusetts
  • The Massachusetts Convention I : the "conversation" begins
  • The Massachusetts Convention II : "
  • with cordiality"
  • A rough road to Richmond : New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maryland, and South Carolina
  • The Virginia Convention I : a battle of giants
  • The Virginia Convention II : under the eyes of heaven
  • On to Poughkeepsie
  • The New York Convention I : a failure of oratory
  • The New York Convention II : in or out?
  • Some final twists : the North Carolina Convention, a meeting in Pennsylvania, and the ratification story draws to an end.