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American Founding

Selected and introduced by Gordon Lloyd

$12.99
Overview

This volume presents the documents necessary to understand the essential ideas and debates that shaped the founding of the American civic order. It begins with documents that display both the problems that led to the calling of the Constitutional Convention and the ideas that shaped the debates in Philadelphia. It concludes with two documents 鈥 Washington鈥檚 Inaugural Address and Madison鈥檚 speech on the amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights) 鈥 that show the new government beginning to function. The heart of the book is the documents presenting the debates at the Constitutional Convention and the debates over ratification. With its document introductions, annotations, and helpful appendices, this collection is an indispensable resource for understanding the American Founding.

Table of Contents

Documents Include:

  • Virginia Declaration of Rights and Constitution (June 12 and聽29, 1776)
  • Return to Starting Point: The New Jersey Plan (June 15, 1787)
  • The Hamilton Plan (June 18, 1787)
  • Partly National, Partly Federal (June 29 – 30, 1787)
  • The Gerry Committee Report (July 2 and 5, 1787)
  • The Three-Fifths Clause Revisited (July 11 – 14 and 16, 1787)
  • The Committee of Detail Report (July 23 – 24 and August 6,聽1787)
  • The Slave Trade Clause (August 21, 22, 24 and 25, 1787)
  • The Fugitive Slave Clause (July 14; August 6, 28 and 29; and聽September 12, 15 and 17, 1787)
  • Publius (Alexander Hamilton), Federalist 1 (October 27,聽1787)
  • Publius (Alexander Hamilton), Federalist 9 (November 21,聽1787)
  • 聽The Jefferson – Madison Exchange (December 20, 1787 to聽March 15, 1789)
  • George Washington, First Inaugural Address (April 30, 1789)
  • James Madison Argues for Constitutional Amendments (June聽8, 1789)