The Founders’ Constitution

Edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner

The Founders’ Constitution
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Edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner

3,260 pages | Five-volume set. Volume 1: xiv, 714 p.; Volume 2: x, 672 p.; Volume 3: x, 604 p. | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 1987
Boxed Set $591.00 ISBN: 9780226463872 Published September 1987
Hailed as "the Oxford English Dictionary of American constitutional history," the print edition of The Founders’ Constitution has proved since its publication in 1987 to be an invaluable aid to all those seeking a deeper understanding of one of our nation’s most important legal documents.

In this unique anthology, Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner draw on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day.

These rich and varied materials are arranged, first, according to broad themes or problems to which the Constitution of 1787 has made a significant and lasting contribution. Then they are arranged by article, section, and clause of the U.S. Constitution, from the Preamble through Article Seven and continuing through the first twelve Amendments.

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