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The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison

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In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed. A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend the states against foreign threats–without becoming as overb ...more
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Published April 6th 2011 by Modern Library (first published November 8th 2005)
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This is a must read for every America citizen. The part where the delegates argued about the office of the President in front of George Washington - who they all knew would be the first to hold the office - was especially juicy. I also found it interesting that at one point Ben Franklin recommended that they open the convention each day with prayer. He thought this would minimize the bickering and keep them all focused on finding common ground through the guidance of God.

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Tiffin-Seneca Public Library
This is a very important book that shows us just how much of a struggle it was for the Founding Fathers to write the Constitution. Subjects like small states vs. large states, rich vs. poor, and North vs. South come up again and again. This particular edition is heavily edited from Madison's orginal notes but, nonetheless, is an invaluable resource.
Josh Carver
Not a fan of updated language or the abridgements. If you're interested in knowing what Madison really says, find another source. Ketcham's edition of the Anti-Federalist Papers has the Convention debates.
Keith Parrish
Interesting to read the thoughts of the delegates in their own words once you get comfortable with the 18th century language
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James Madison, Jr. was an American politician and the fourth President of the United States (1809–1817), and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Madison was the last founding father to die. Considered to be the "Father of the Constitution", he was the principal author of the document. In 1788, he wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, still the most influential commentary on th ...more
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