The Constitution of the United States: An Historical Survey of Its Formation

The Constitution of the United States: An Historical Survey of Its Formation

The Constitution of the United States: An Historical Survey of Its Formation

The Constitution of the United States: An Historical Survey of Its Formation

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The chapters that follow contain the substance of lectures delivered at Cambridge University and at the London School of Economics and Political Science during the summer of 1921. They are concerned with a subject of which no American citizen can afford to be ignorant, and some kind friends have persuaded me that their publication might serve a useful purpose. My object has been neither to idealize nor to depreciate the work of the Fathers but to describe it, in its historical setting, as a human achievement which has not grown less significant with the passing of the years.

A great amount of bibliographical information on the subjects dealt with and on many others that have to do with the formation of the Constitution can readily be found in Channing, Hart and Turner Guide to the Study and Reading of American History, Part IV, chapter xix, and Part V, chapters xxi-xxii, and in the critical essays on authorities appended to the volumes of The American Nation (edited by A. B. Hart) by C. H. Van Tyne, A. C. McLaughlin and J. S. Bassett. It has seemed unnecessary, therefore, to include a bibliography in this volume.

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