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The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Vol. 1 Revised Edition

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ISBN-10: 0300000804
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  • Series: Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 638 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Revised edition (September 10, 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300000804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300000801
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By greg taylor VINE VOICE on April 14, 2006
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I am rereading these after many years. In working my way through these volumes, I realized that these books require some preparation on the part of the reader. I thought I would therefore tell you exactly what these books are and make some suggestions for preparing to read them. As will become clear when I explain what they are, for me to critique them would be presumptuous and odd.

WHAT THESE BOOKS ARE:

Max Farrand published the first 3 volume edition in 1911. He took all the available records from participants in the Constitutional Convention that were known at that time and published them together. These include the official journal of the Convention (kept by the Convention's secretary, William Jackson), James Madison's Notes on the Federal Convention, Robert Yates' Secret Proceedings and Debates of the Convention..., along with notes or papers written by Rufus King, James McHenry, William Pierce, William Patterson, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Pinckney, George Mason, and the Committee of Detail. These are arranged in a day by day format. So that on May 29th, the day that Edmund Randolph presented the Virginia Plan, we read the enteries for that day in the Journal, by Madison, by Yates, by McHenry and by Patterson. And so on until we reach the end of Volume 1 on July 13th. Volume 2 completes the Convention. Volume 3 and 4 provide supplementary material such as letters of the individual delegates, the various plans presented to the Convention, etc.

Volume 4 was added by Farrand in his 1937 edition and includes material discovered between 1911 and 1937.
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In 1911 Professor Max Farrand published what is STILL the final word on the activities of the "Foedral Convention of 1787". These volumes contain the primary source relating to the Convention, most particularly Mr. Madison's notes, but also the notes of the Secretary, William Jackson and Delegates: R. Yates of NY, R. King of MA, J. McHenry of MD, W. Pierce of GA, W. Patterson of NJ, C. Pinckney of SC & G. Mason of VA; as well as the "Virginia Plan", "New Jersey Plan, "Pinckney Plan" and "Hamilton Plan" and contemporaneous letters (Vol. III - Appendix).

The volumes offer those interested in the Convention an unfettered look at the building of the Constitution, or a means of "double checking" a biographer's rendition of events - often with very "interesting" results! I have the three-volumes in electronic edition (from: The Online Library of Liberty) downloaded in kindle (.mobi) format. The ability to have the kindle, 'search & find' is a HUGE advantage for fact checking, compiling instances, or research. For me, these are reference materials rather than an end-to-end read, otherwise I defer to reviewer, "greg taylor" who's earlier, very thorough review I enthusiastically second!
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Needed this book for my class.... a course requirement, I don't care for the book at all... but if you're into this kind of stuff... it is well written and very informative
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