The Reluctant Pillar: New York and the Adoption of the Federal Constitution

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1985 - 255 páginas
This collection of essays is intended for both the general reader and the specialist and is designed to provide the basic elements needed for an introductory survey and a reference aid to the role of New York State in the adoption of the federal Constitution. The collection is organized into five sections: theory, history, materials, people and places, and chronologies. The essays include: "The U.S. Constitution and the American Tradition of Constitution-Making" (Daniel J. Elazar); "The Ends of Federalism" (Martin Diamond). "The Constitution of the United States: The End of the Revolution" (Richard Leffler); "New York: The Reluctant Pillar" (John P. Kaminski); "A Guide to Sources for Studying the Ratification of the Constitution by New York State" (Gaspare J. Saladino);"Fiction--Another Source" (Jack VanDerhoof); "A Biographical Gazetteer of New York Federalists and Antifederalists" (Stephen L. Schechter); "A Preliminary Inventory of the Homes of New York Federalists and Antifederalists" (Stephen L. Schechter); and "A Guide to Historic Sites of the Ratification Debate in New York" (Stephen L. Schechter). The volume concludes with two chronologies, entitled respectively: "A Chronology of Constitutional Events during the American Revolutionary Era, 1774-1792"; and "A Chronology of New York Events, 1777-1788." (DB)

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THEORY
3
The Ends of Federalism
16
HISTORY
24
The Reluctant Pillar
48
MATERIALS
118
FictionAnother Source
148
PEOPLE AND PLACES
157
A Preliminary Inventory of the Homes of New York Federalists and Antifederalists
207
of the Ratification Debate in New York
216
CHRONOLOGIES
232
A Chronology of New York Events 17771788
240
Index
245
Contributors
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Stephen L. Schechter is Executive Director, New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. He is on leave from Russell Sage College where he is Professor of Political Science and History. He is the editor of various publications, including Teaching About American Federal Democracy and Local History in the Classroom.

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