Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention

Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention

by Mary Sarah Bilder

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No document depicts the Constitutional Convention’s charismatic figures, crushing disappointments, and miraculous triumphs with the force of Madison’s Notes. But how reliable is this account? Drawing on digital technologies and textual analysis, Mary Sarah Bilder reveals that Madison revised to a far greater extent than previously recognized.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674495500
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/19/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,047,719
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Mary Sarah Bilder is Founders Professor of Law and Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar, Boston College Law School.

Table of Contents

About Madison's Notes vii

Introduction 1

I Notes Before the Constitutional Convention

1 The Genre of Legislative Diaries 19

2 The Practice of Working Notes 35

II Learning to Keep a Conventional Diary

3 The Success of the Opening Days 49

4 Struggling with Speeches 70

II Recording the Constitutional Convention

5 An Account of Failed Strategies 89

6 Acquiring a New Role 116

IV Abandoning the Notes

7 The Complexity of Drafting 141

8 The Convention's Changing Relevance 154

V Completing the Notes

9 Correcting and Revising the Notes 179

10 The Influence of Mr. Jefferson 202

Conclusion 223

The Evidence 243

Abbreviations 263

Notes 267

Acknowledgments 345

Index 349

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