The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates

The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates

by Ralph Ketcham

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Overview

The complete texts of the documents that tell the story of the clashes and compromises that gave birth to the Unites States of America.

Should the members of the government be elected by direct vote of the people?
Should the government be headed by a single executive, and how powerful should that executive be? Should immigrants be allowed into the United States?
How should judges be appointed?
What human rights should be safe from government infringement?

In 1787, these important questions and others were raised by such statesmen as Patrick Henry and John DeWitt as the states debated the merits of the proposed Constitution. Along with The Federalist Papers, this invaluable book documents the political context in which the Constitution was born. 

This volume includes the complete texts of the Anti-Federalist Papers and Constitutional Convention debates, commentaries, and an Index of Ideas. It also lists cross-references to its companion volume, The Federalist Papers, available in a Signet Classic edition. 

Edited and with an Introduction by Ralph Ketchum

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451528841
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/22/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 85,402
Product dimensions: 4.13(w) x 6.81(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ralph Ketchum is Professor of History and Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He is the author of many books on American History, including Presidents Above Party: The First American Presidency; From Colony to Country: The Revolution in American Thought, 1750-1820; and James Madison: A Biography.

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The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
DrRichardD More than 1 year ago
A difficult read because of the continuous text format (for us older folk), but an essential companion to the Federalist Papers in any format or style. You have to be into serious study to match point-counterpoint to the Federalist Papers, but this book is worth it in that regard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This work is a trip inside the minds of the founders of the Republic that would eventually become the US Empire. It shows their fears of losing civil liberty 200 years before the Patriot Act, the FISA "court," and the permanent warefare state came to be. This is "must reading" for anyone who wants to start their own republic from the ashes of the corporate welfare state that is the present day USA.
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devil60MO More than 1 year ago
You need to read this as will as the The Federalist Papers, The Ratification Debates, The Text Of The United States Constitution, The Wealth of Nations Part1 and Part2