The Framing of the Constitution of the United States


For over ten years the writer has been engaged in collecting and editing the material available upon the work of the convention that framed the constitution of the United States. Collating of texts is a wearisome and often merely a mechanical task, but in the process the editor becomes more or less familiar with the content of the documents. In the present instance the form in which the work finally shaped itself required a knowledge of the proceedings of the convention not merely as a whole, but from day to day, and it necessitated a familiarity with the thought and expressions of the individual members. When to this was added an acquaintance with the personalities of the more important delegates, a mental picture of the convention was formed which developed into a conviction as to what the delegates were trying to do and what they actually accomplished.

It is with no idea of attempting the final history of the formation of the constitution that the present book is written. If there be any truth in the epigrammatic definition that "history is past politics," it is equally true that, in the case . . .

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New Haven, CT
Publication year:
  • 1913


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