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Secret Proceedings and Debates of the Constitutional Convention, 1787 [Paperback]

by Robert Yates, John Lansing
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December 27, 2002 1410203638 978-1410203632
One of the most important collections of documents pertaining to the formation of the Constitution of the United States. Notes on the convention taken by Robert Yates, Chief Justice of New York, and copied by John Lansing, Jun. Esquire, late chancellor of that state, members of that convention. Including "The Genuine Information," laid before the Legislature of Maryland, by Luther Martin, Esquire, then attorney-general of that state, and member of the same convention. James Madison thought that Yates and Martin "appear to have reported in angry terms what they observed with jaundiced eyes." It must be added that in many particulars Yates' notes were fuller than Madison's own. Luther Martin's Genuine Information is a general summary of the course of the Debates, with a running criticism on the provisions of the Constitution. Also contains an appendix with documents by Edmund Randolf, and others.

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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific (December 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410203638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410203632
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dissenters from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 January 11, 2007
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Fifty five men, representing 12 of the 13 colonies, met in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to write the U.S. Constitution. Sixteen of them left the Convention before the final signing. This book, SECRET PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, 1787, is a chronicle of that Convention as compiled by three of the dissenters. They were Robert Yates, and John Lansing representing New York, plus Luther Martin from Maryland. This book preceded NOTES OF THE DEBATES OF THE FEDERAL CONVENTION OF 1787, by James Madison, first printed in 1840. Both should be read to get some sense of the early struggle between proponents of State's Rights vs. supporters of a strong Federal, central government. All was not sweetness and light at the founding of our United States of America.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for content, but -1 for presentation April 6, 2010
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The font used in this book is blotchy and nerve-grating, as if each of the pages came off a Xerox machine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most important book about Constitutional Convention November 2, 2008
'PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES' is the most important book published about the Constitutional Convention. Luther Martin from Maryland and other delegates to the Convention document the infamous, illegal replacement if the Articles of Confederation by a number of self-serving traitors like Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, George Washington, et. al. Sixty-five men were appointed by their respective States to be members to the Convention; 10 never attended because they 'smelled a rat' as Patrick Henry phrased it; 16 did not sign the Constitution in protest; Rhode Island never sent a representative for the same reason.
Patrick Henry explained: '"I need not take much pains to show, that the principles of this system, are extremely pernicious, impolitic, and dangerous. Here is a revolution as radical as that which separated us from Great Britain." Was he right? Look around you.
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