The Anti-Federalist Papers And The Constitutional Convention Debates
ISBN: 0451625250
EAN13: 9780451625250
Language: English
Pages: 408
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 6.9" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
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The complete texts of the documents that tell the story of the clashes and compromises that gave birth to the Unites States of America.
Should the members of the government be elected by direct vote of the people?
Should the government be headed by a single executive, and how powerful should that executive be? Should immigrants be allowed into the United States?
How should judges be appointed?
What human rights should be safe from government infringement?

In 1787, these important questions and others were raised by such statesmen as Patrick Henry and John DeWitt as the states debated the merits of the proposed Constitution. Along with The Federalist Papers, this invaluable book documents the political context in which the Constitution was born.
This volume includes the complete texts of the Anti-Federalist Papers and Constitutional Convention debates, commentaries, and an Index of Ideas. It also lists cross-references to its companion volume, The Federalist Papers, available in a Signet Classic edition.
Edited and with an Introduction by Ralph Ketchum

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This book will help people understand the reason behind their rights.
I made a terrible mistake in not realizing that there was a 30 day window to return this book. It is a cheaply bound book, printed backwards and upside down. The binder has even cut the printing from numerous back pages, including the index, so it is both difficult to read and use. I have spent $13.49 on my purchase. When buying reference books, please be more careful that you don 't plan to use them immediately. At the lease, make sure they are printed and bound so that you can use them!
   The Anti-Federalists Were Prophets!
Over and over pro-Republicanism, Big Government Skeptics such as Melanchthon Smith of New York, made the case for liberty under God, not under all-powerful government. All then warned about the flaws of a national government : these have now all become Social Democratic mandates, funded by unimaginable debt. History never contradicts itself, but it sure buries and destroys forever lies beneath new layers of lies and destruction.
   Very deceiving.. READ product description carefully.
There seems to be either lots of different books in this particular search or other people get different sizes and Amazon claims it is the same book. I am not sure, but I saw a comment that had the same book show pictures of a much larger book with a highlighter next to it to show how big it was. Only 6 high book. It is especially difficult to read since it is written in the 1700s. Not something I would want to read in this type of font size.
   Early American Junky
If you love anti-Federalist history, you will love the early American papers. Reading about the objections to parts of the Constitution shatters the myth that everyone accepted it just. The arguments in this book are strong and concise. They give reasons and examples of why they object to the Constitution and give the president too much authority.
   This is good read
Most people have read the Federalist papers but the anti-Federalist papers are the other side of the coin. A great read, as it is worthwhile to get the other perspective.
   Great Addition to the Federalist Papers!
I owned the federalist version of the Signet papers. Too many people buy the Federalist papers. Such a great debate! The Federalist may have won, but Brutus and the other anti-federalists saw the many issues we are currently facing, such as a very powerful chieft and erosion of the states'rights. Great read!
   Prescient warning
A warning of the problems that could arise under the proposed Constitution. Not all came to fruition, but many did. More important is the premise of the work, which speaks against the centralization of power and the subsequent loss of liberty. Some of the concerns were addressed by the Bill of Rights, but the tendency of the Constitution to centralize power in the national government remains unaddressed.
   Great, concise
Great, concise, small text version of some American documents. It is pretty small text, so order this only if you're comfortable with it. It includes three appendices with the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution and the list of speakers at the First Constitutional Convention in 1787. It also has a decently comprehensive index. I bought this alongside the Federalist Papers and I am quite pleased.
   You know, this book consists of general remarks attributed ...
You know that this book consists of general remarks attributed to those representing states at the Federal Convention in 1787 and those participating in the ratification of the Constitution, which are the closest to factual evidence of anti-federalist thought processes and positions.