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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ABRAHAM BALDWIN 17541807
22
GUNNING BEDFORD JR 17471812
29
JACOB BROOM 17521810
42
DANIEL CARROLL 17301796
50
WILLIAM RICHARDSON DAVIE 17561820
58
JOHN DICKINSON 17321808
66
OLIVER ELLSWORTH 17451807
83
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 17061790
105
GEORGE MASON 17251792
199
JAMES McCLURG 17461823
205
ROBERT MORRIS 17341806
229
WILLIAM LEIGH PIERCE 17401789
239
EDMUND RANDOLPH 17531813
255
GEORGE READ 17331798
261
ROGER SHERMAN 17211793
271
CALEB STRONG 17451819
280

NICHOLAS OILMAN 17551814
114
ALEXANDER HAMILTON 17551804
122
WILLIAM CHURCHILL HOUSTON 1746P1788
140
JARED INGERSOLL 17491822
146
WILLIAM SAMUEL JOHNSON 17271819
154
JOHN LANGDON 17411819
163
WILLIAM LIVINGSTON 17231790
173
ALEXANDER MARTIN 17401807
189
GEORGE WASHINGTON 17321799
293
JAMES WILSON 17421798
301
GEORGE WYTHE 17261806
308
THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION
319
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
329
SELECTED ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
355
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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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