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Book Title: The Framing of the Constitution of the United States|
The author of the book: Max Farrand
Edition: Yale University Press
Date of issue: September 10th 1962
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ISBN 13: 9780300000795
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This was, in its day, a classic on the Constitutional Convention, held in 1787. Farrand was, indeed, an expert. He had published a four volume set on key records of the Convention, with the fourth volume representing corrections of his original three volumes. Much has happened since in 1913, so this cannot be regarded as the "last word" in scholarship of the Constitutional Convention. But it is an important point on the historical analysis of the founding document of American government.
The work is pretty straightforward in its structure. It begins by laying out the background to calling the Convention in 1787. It proceeds to examine the members selected to represent their states in Philadelphia. Why the desire for a convention to explore the country's governmental structure? It had been claimed that the then-existing constitution, the Articles of Confederation, were not up to the task. Thus, a "revision" was needed. Needless to say, the Constitutional Convention was a "runaway convention" as it went beyond its mandate to create an entirely new Constitution.
There follows the work of the Convention, considering the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, and the Compromise that brought contentious debate to a compromise. Then, other issues, such as the nature of the presidency, are explored.
All in all, a useful work for understanding the changing views of the Constitution. And, even though it was written long ago, this book still has some value in illuminating the dynamics of the Constitutional Convention.
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Read information about the authorMax Farrand, Ph.D. (March 29, 1869 – June 17, 1945) was an American university professor and writer of history. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, United States. He graduated from Princeton (A. B., 1892; Ph.D., 1896).
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