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Author Bilder, Mary Sarah, author.

Title Madison's hand : revising the Constitutional Convention / Mary Sarah Bilder
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 358 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, facsimiles
Contents I. Notes Before the Constitutional Convention. The genre of legislative diaries ; The practice of working notes -- II. Learning to Keep a Conventional Diary. The success of the opening days ; Struggling with speeches -- III. Recording the Constitutional Convention. An account of failed strategies ; Acquiring a new role -- IV. Abandoning the Notes. The complexity of drafting ; The Convention's changing relevance -- V. Completing the Notes. Correcting and revising the notes ; The influence of Mr. Jefferson
Summary "New digital technologies and traditional historical investigation suggest that James Madison did not finish his famous Notes until after the Convention. The Notes are the most important, and most misunderstood, account of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. This biography of the Notes follows Madison as he created and then repeatedly revised a remarkable manuscript of American history. Originally a diary kept in part for the absent Thomas Jefferson, the Notes highlighted his fascination with the political strategy of drafting. But when the Convention began to draft the details of the Constitution, the complicated process led Madison to abandon his Notes. Only after serving in Congress and drafting new constitutional amendments did Madison return to complete them. By the time the Notes were published a half-century later, the layers of revisions made the Notes appear--inaccurately--to be an objective record of the writing of the Constitution"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-343) and index
Notes In English
Online resource; title from digital title page (De Gruyter platform, viewed October 1, 2018)
Subject Madison, James, 1751-1836.
Madison, James, 1751-1836.
United States. Constitutional Convention (1787). Journal of the Federal Convention.
Journal of the Federal Convention (United States. Constitutional Convention : 1787)
Constitutional history -- United States -- Sources.
Constitutional history.
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
United States.
Genre/Form Sources.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0674089006