The Debate on the Constitution - Part 2 [LIBRARY OF AMERICA HARDCOVER] 1993

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The Debate on the Constitution, Part 2: Federalist & Anti-Federalist Speeches, Articles & Letters During the Struggle over Ratification: January - August 1788 


Beautiful edition w/ sewn in silk bookmark and decorative endpapers printed on HQ acid free paper.

Dust jacket has some shelf and edge wear.  

Book itself is like new. 

In this Library of America volume (and its companion) is captured, on a scale unmatched by any previous collection, the extraordinary energy and eloquence of our first national political campaign.

Part Two gathers collected press polemics and private commentaries from January to August 1788, including all the amendments proposed by state ratifying conventions as well as dozens of speeches from the South Carolina, Virginia, New York, and North Carolina conventions. Included are dramatic confrontations from Virginia, where Patrick Henry pitted his legendary oratorical skills against the persuasive logic of Madison, and from New York, where Alexander Hamilton faced the brilliant Antifederalist Melancton Smith.

In addition to useful notes, there are biographical profiles of all writers, speakers, and recipients, and a detailed chronology of relevant events from 1774 to 1804 provide fascinating background. A general index allows readers to follow specific topics, and an appendix includes the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution (with all amendments).