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Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787

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Published January 1st 1985 by Ohio University Press (first published May 1st 1969)
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Jan 01, 2015 Art rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Original notes from the Constitutional Convention.
Madison at his best.
Great study to go along w/Federalist Papers.
There’s lots of chatter in the States about returning the Constitution to its authors’ intent. It comes from folks who, having probably not read that slim document, couldn’t be expected to read 700+ pages of notes by the most prominent of those authors; in which they’d learn that their assumptions about that intent are… asinine. Of course, asininity presumes an incapability of learning…. Given Madison’s prolix in his Federalist Papers, his Notes have surprising brevity and clarity (their length ...more
I think this is one of the books that you imagine can't possibly be interesting (imagine reading a secretary's meeting minutes, who voted for what, the silly debates and power struggles)...yet, it really brought the whole process to life for me. Normally history is quite dry and seems so removed. I felt invested in the outcome of all the discussions.

I read this for an intro to political science course, so perhaps the class discussion helped make the book interesting. Nevertheless, my overall imp
This is the text for the only class I ever took because the book looked interesting, and it's the only textbook I've ever looked forward to reading every day. Absolutely fascinating first-hand look at the framing of the Constitution.
Ezra Hood
I was pleasantly surprised at how readable these are. And how insightful! Skip the commentaries about these notes-- just read the notes!
Mike Anderson
Madison's telling of the American Constitutional convention. The essential first hand account.
James Madison's notes. A long slog, but ultimately rewarding. Where have all the statesmen gone?
This is a great first hand account of the convention.
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