Shapers of the Great Debate at the Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Biographical Dictionary

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 368 Seiten

As the oldest still operational written constitution in the world, the U.S. Constitution--and the concepts it proclaims-- have been under almost constant attack since its inception. At a convention in 1787, fifty-five delegates assembled in Philadelphia to revise and amend the Articles of Confederation, only to emerge sixteen weeks later with a new document: the U.S. Constitution. The convention was filled with constant debate over how much power should be given to government and how should this power be allocated, state rights v. nationalists, small states v. large states, political conservatives v. political liberals, and slave-owners v. non-slave-owners. Fifty-five biographies, one for each delegate, are presented. Biographies include such notable individuals as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Luther Martin, and James Madison. An introductory essay, appendices including the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution, and an annotated bibliography are also included.

The Shapers of the Great Debate series takes a biographical approach to history, following the premise that people make history in the circumstances in which they find themselves. Each volume in this series examines the lives and experiences of the individual's involved in a particular debate through major and minor biographies.

 

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Inhalt

JOHN LANGDON 17411819
18
JACOB BROOM 17521810
42
CALEB STRONG 17451819
43
WILLIAM LIVINGSTON 17231790
56
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 17061790
105
GOUVERNEUR MORRIS 17521816
109
ROBERT MORRIS 17341806
122
JAMES MADISON JR 17511836
178
PIERCE BUTLER 17441822
267
GEORGE WASHINGTON 17321799
293
JAMES WILSON 17421798
301
GEORGE WYTHE 17261806
308
THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION
319
DANIEL CARROLL 17301796
327
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
329
GUNNING BEDFORD JR 17471812
343

INTRODUCTION
182
ALEXANDER MARTIN 17401807
189
ELBRIDGE GERRY 17441814
196
JAMES MCCLURG 17461823
207
ABRAHAM BALDWIN 17541807
240
RICHARD BASSETT 17451815
264
GEORGE CLYMER 17391813
344
SELECTED ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
355
29
361
WILLIAM RICHARDSON DAVIE 17561820
363
WILLIAM PATERSON 17451806
366
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Über den Autor (2006)

Joseph C. Morton is Professor Emeritus, Department of History, at Northwestern Illinois University in Chicago. He is the author of The American Revolution, a volume in the Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of 1500-1900 (Greenwood, 2003).

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