The Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of America's Founding, Volume 1

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - History - 1009 pages
The pivotal moment in the formation of the United States - The Constitutional Convention - featured battles among factions, compromise between ideologies, and disagreements that nearly derailed the enterprise. The product was a document that still stands as the guide to governing a representative democracy. This impressive encyclopedia shows in detail the lively, contentious, four-month process that produced the foundation of this country. Powerful personalities and powerful ideas formed the Constitution. This work brings the people to life and shows how they brought into being one of the most important documents in history. Drawing on original sources and a wealth of secondary works, the 350 A-Z entries and dozens of sidebars in this encyclopedia present the first-ever comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the Constitutional Convention.
 

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Contents

Foreword
xxix
Preface
xxxi
Introduction
xxxix
Key Dates of the US Founding and Its Background
lxi
Timetable of the Constitutional Convention
lxv
A
1
B
43
C
77
P
549
Q
639
R
641
S
691
T
779
U
799
V
807
W
825

D
201
E
239
F
261
G
301
H
339
I
359
J
371
K
397
L
407
M
427
N
513
O
539
Y
853
Appendix A Materials Prior to the Constitutional Convention
855
Appendix B Materials from the Convention Debates and after the Convention
883
Appendix C Charts
919
Selected Bibliography
925
Selected List of Cases
953
Selected Bibliography for Schoolteachers and Students
955
Websites on the Constitutional Convention
957
Index
959
About the Author
1009
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Page xlii - May next, to take into consideration the situation of the United States; to devise such further provisions as shall appear to them necessary to render the constitution of the Federal Government adequate to the exigencies of the Union...
Page lvi - I doubt, too, whether any other convention we can obtain may be able to make a better Constitution. For when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views.
Page xlv - It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work ? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair ; the event is in the hand of God.
Page xlii - Monday in May next a Convention of delegates who shall have been appointed by the several states be held at Philadelphia for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation...

About the author (2005)

John R. Vile is professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. He is the editor of ABC-CLIO's Great American Lawyers and Great American Judges, and author of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments.

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