The Constitution before the judgment seat : the prehistory and ratification of the American Constitution, 1787-1791 / Jürgen Heideking ; edited by John P. Kaminski and Richard Leffler.

First translation by Jerry Neeb-Crippen made from a text with "substantial deletions" by the author. Richard Leffler and the author revised the first three chapters of the translation; then Leffler and Kaminski finished the editing. (p. ix)

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Heideking, Jürgen, 1947-
Other Authors: Kaminski, John P., Leffler, Richard.
Format: Book
Published: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012.
Uniform Title:Verfassung vor dem Richterstuhl.
Table of Contents:
  • Ratification chronology, 1786-1791
  • Introduction : the historical significance of the debate over the American Constitution
  • Historical background
  • Public discourses and private correspondence
  • The debate over basic principles
  • Party formation and convention elections
  • State ratifying conventions
  • Republican festive culture
  • The creation of the Bill of Rights
  • Conclusion : Constitution-making as a political and cultural process : America's debate over the Constitution and the French Revolution.