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The Origin of the Second Amendment: A Documentary History of the Bill of Rights in Commentaries on Liberty, Free Government & an Armed Populace 1787-1792 Paperback – May, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0962366437 ISBN-10: 0962366439 Edition: 2nd
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  • Paperback: 838 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Oak Books; 2 edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962366439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962366437
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1997
Format: Paperback
The book reprints approximately 500 documents from the period surrounding the introduction and ratification of the Second Amendment. Included are newspaper articles, pamphlets, letters to the editor, debates from the federal Constitutional convention, debates from the state ratifying conventions, and Congressional debates.

Author David Young has brought together, for the first time, all of the original source material regarding what the Second Amendment meant to the nation which enacted it. The book opens in the summer of 1787 with the federal Constitutional Convention debating Congressional powers regarding the militia.

One of the final major documents of the book is a January 29, 1791 article in the Independent Gazetteer (a Philadelphia newspaper), in which the author, who identifies himself only as "A Farmer" warns: "Under every government the dernier [last] resort of the people, is an appeal to the sword; whether to defend themselves against the open attacks of a foreign enemy, or to check the insidious encroachments of domestic foes."

In between the first and last documents are a treasure trove of American history. Leafing through these pages, you encounter the great men who founded our Republic, and whose words speak to us today. Wrote Tench Coxe, James Madison's friend, in the Feb. 20, 1778 Freeman's Journal: "Who are the militia? are they not our selves...Their swords, and ever other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American."

Hear Patrick Henry thundering from the June 5, 1788 Virginia ratifying convention: "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Fuzzbean VINE VOICE on March 19, 2000
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This is an excellent book.
Mr. Young devotes only a few pages of this thick volume to his own opinions, mostly just allowing those alive back in Constitution-making days to speak for themselves about the Second Amendment. And speak they do. Truthfully, I've never read the whole book straight through, but every time I crack it open to some random page I am amazed at the attitudes people had back then. How different from our modern sheep-like mentality, or the version of history we're fed by today's pop culture.
This book ought to be in every public library and on every citizen's bookshelf.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer1030 on January 11, 2015
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Excellent book that is accurately described on the webpage.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LegAdv on May 9, 2007
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