Madison's Hand

Madison's Hand

Revising the Constitutional Convention

Book - 2015
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"New digital technologies and traditional historical investigation suggest that James Madison did not finish his famous Notes until after the Convention. The Notes are the most important, and most misunderstood, account of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. This biography of the Notes follows Madison as he created and then repeatedly revised a remarkable manuscript of American history. Originally a diary kept in part for the absent Thomas Jefferson, the Notes highlighted his fascination with the political strategy of drafting. But when the Convention began to draft the details of the Constitution, the complicated process led Madison to abandon his Notes. Only after serving in Congress and drafting new constitutional amendments did Madison return to complete them. By the time the Notes were published a half-century later, the layers of revisions made the Notes appear--inaccurately--to be an objective record of the writing of the Constitution"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780674055278
0674055276
Branch Call Number: 342.02 Bi
Characteristics: viii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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