Wisconsin Historical Society Press
The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, Volume XXI, Ratification of the Constitution by the States: New York, No. 3
By John P. Kaminski, Gaspare J. Saladino, Richard Leffler, Charles H. Schoenleber and Assistant Editor Margaret A. Hogan
512 pages, 6 x 9"Buy
"The most important editorial project in the nation." -Leonard W. Levy, constitutional historian
This is the third of five volumes documenting New York State's public and private debates about the Constitution and the calling of New York's ratifying convention, featuring numerous newspaper items and letters, New York ratification chronologies, lists of New York officeholders, biographies of major figures, and many other important documents and editors' notes. This documentary series is a research tool of remarkable power, an unrivaled reference work for historical and legal scholars, librarians, and students of the Constitution.
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The following text is excerpted from an article by Gordon S. Wood in “The New Republic” on December 24, 2010. To see the full article, please click this link.
At the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, one of the greatest editorial projects in American history has been under way for nearly thirty-five years. Since 1976, the successive editors of the "Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution" have published twenty-three volumes, and there are at least eight more to come. These volumes contain every scrap of evidence the editors have been able to find relating to the debates over the ratification of the Constitution in 1787 - 1788. These editors, beginning with Merrill Jensen and continuing at present with John P. Kaminski, Gaspare J. Saladino, and others, have put together one of the greatest collections of debates over the basic issues of politics and constitutionalism that the Western world possesses. The political debates in fifth-century Athens or seventeenth-century England may have been richer and more wide-ranging, but we will never know, because the records of those earlier disputations are either lost or fragmentary. They are certainly not as complete as the records we have for the ratification of the Constitution. Rarely will we find a more profound or more comprehensive discussion of the problems of power, liberty, representation, federalism, rights, and all the other aspects of politics than we have in these volumes. This record is not only a national treasure, it is a world treasure.