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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the ratification of the United States Constitution.


Six Superlative Sources

· Bernard Bailyn, ed., The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle Over Ratification. 2 vols. Library of America, 1993. Documents.

· Patrick T. Conley and John P. Kaminski, eds., The Constitution of the United States: The Role of the Original Thirteen in the Framing and Adoption of the Federal Constitution. Madison House, 1988. Collection of scholarly articles by states. Conley also provides a general bibliographic essay (pp. 295-329).

· Michael Gillespie and Michael Lienesch, eds., Ratifying the Constitution. University Press of Kansas, 1989. Collection of scholarly articles by states.

· Merrill Jensen, John P. Kaminski, Gaspare J. Saladino, et al., eds., The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. 14 vols. to date. State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1976- .

· Jackson Turner Main, The Antifederalists: Critics of the Constitution, 1781-1788. University of North Carolina Press, 1961.

· Jack N. Rakove, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

Other Excellent Sources

· Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Enlarged edition. Harvard University Press, 1992. See "The Postscript."

· Charles A. Beard, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States. Macmillan, 1913.

· Steven R. Boyd, The Politics of Opposition: Antifederalists and the Acceptance of the Constitution. KTO Press, 1979.

· Patrick T. Conley and John P. Kaminski, eds., The Bill of Rights and the States: The Colonial and Revolutionary Origins of American Liberties. Madison House, 1992. Collection of scholarly articles by states. Gaspare J. Saladino also provides a general bibliographic essay (pp. 461-514).

· Jacob E. Cooke, ed. The Federalist. Wesleyan University Press, 1961. Most scholarly edition of these famous essays.

· Saul Cornell, The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828. University of North Carolina, Press, 1999.

· Philip A. Crowl, Maryland During and After the Revolution: A Political and Economic Study. The Johns Hopkins Press, 1943.

· Linda Grant De Pauw, The Eleventh Pillar: New York State and the Federal Constitution. Cornell University Press, 1966.

· Jack P. Greene, A Bicentennial Bookshelf: Historians Analyze the Constitutional Era. The Friends of Independence National Historical Park, 1986. A bibliographic essay.

· Kermit L. Hall, ed., The Formation and Ratification of the Constitution: Major Historical Interpretations. Vol. 2 of a 20-volume series entitled "United States Constitutional and Legal History." Garland Publishing, 1987. Collection of scholarly articles.

· Van Beck Hall, Politics without Parties, Massachusetts, 1780-1791. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972.

· Owen S. Ireland, Religion, Ethnicity, and Politics: Ratifying the Constitution in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.

· Charles R. Kesler, ed., Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and The American Founding. The Free Press, 1987. Collection of scholarly articles.

· Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner, eds., The Founders' Constitution. 5 vols. University of Chicago Press, 1987. Documents.

· Jackson Turner Main, Political Parties before the Constitution. University of North Carolina Press, 1973.

· Forrest McDonald, We the People: The Economic Origins of the Constitution. University of Chicago Press, 1958.

· Richard B. Morris, The Forging of the Union, 1781-1789. Harper and Row, Publishers, 1987.

· Peter S. Onuf, ed., Ratifying, Amending, and Interpreting the Constitution. Vol. 6 of the 12-volume series entitled "The New American Nation, 1775-1820." Garland Publishing, 1991. A collection of scholarly articles.

· Irwin H. Polishook, Rhode Island and the Union, 1774-1795. Northwestern University Press, 1969.

· Norman K. Risjord, Chesapeake Politics, 1781-1800. Columbia University Press, 1978.

· Robert Allen Rutland, The Ordeal of the Constitution: The Antifederalists and the Ratification Struggle of 1787-1788. University of Oklahoma Press, 1966.

· Robert Allen Rutland, The Birth of the Bill of Rights, 1776-1791. University of North Carolina Press, 1955.

· Stephen L. Schechter, ed., The Reluctant Pillar: New York and the Adoption of the Federal Constitution. Russell Sage College, 1985. A collection of scholarly articles.

· Bernard Schwartz, ed., The Bill of Rights: A Documentary History. 2 vols. Chelsea House Publishers, 1971. Documents.

· Bernard Schwartz, The Great Rights of Mankind: A History of the American Bill of Rights. Expanded edition. Madison House, 1992.

· Herbert Storing, ed., The Complete Anti-Federalist. 7 vols. University of Chicago Press, 1981. Vol. 1, is an historical essay, "What the Anti-Federalists Were For"; remaining volumes are documents.

· Louise Irby Trenholme, The Ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina. Columbia University Press, 1932.

· Gordon S. Wood, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. University of North Carolina Press, 1969.

· Gordon S. Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution. Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

· Alfred F. Young, The Democratic Republicans of New York: The Origins, 1763-1797. University of North Carolina Press, 1967.

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