Constitution Day Is Here!


Stop by the front of the library today before 1 pm for more resources and goodies including temporary tattoos featuring Ben Franklin, copies of the Constitution, and more! In addition to the many resources shared in our previous blog post about Constitution Day, we have compiled a list of items to check out from our current display which are available in the library collection. After our display of these books ends, you can find this selection and others on the Balcony:


Understanding the Founding: the Crucial Questions

By: Alan Gibson / KF4541 .G534 2010 

This book examines the preconceptions that scholars bring to these questions, explores the deepest sources of scholars’ disagreements over them, and suggests new and thoughtful lines of interpretation and inquiry. In examining the controversy over interpretive approaches, Gibson suggests a new synthesis of the insights of linguistic contextualists and philosophicalrationalists; and in revisiting the liberalism-versus-republicanism debate, he analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of alternative accounts of the interactions of multiple traditions in the political thought of the Founders.


The Constitutional Convention : A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison 

Edited by] Edward J. Larson and Michael P. Winship /  KF4510 .M33 2005  

Virginian James Madison was instrumental in organizing the Constitutional Convention, in which one of the world’s greatest documents would be debated, created, and signed. Inspired by a sense of history in the making, His extensive notes are made accessible in this book edited by two esteemed scholars, presented with modern punctuation and spelling, judicious cuts, and helpful notes–plus fascinating background information on every delegate and an overview of the tumultuous times.


The Writing and Ratification of the U.S. Constitution : Practical Virtue in Action

By John R. Vile / KF4541 .V555 2012 

Author John Vile examines the events surrounding the development of the U.S. Constitution in this book which focuses primarily on records of debates at the convention. Setting these events within the context of the colonial conflict with Britain and the experience with state constitutions under the Articles of Confederation, the author discusses the delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the major plans and proposals that delegates offered, and the arguments that delegates made both in the Convention and in subsequent state ratifying debates that ultimately led to the adoption of the U.S. Bill of Rights.

514bcwkrmol-_sx331_bo1204203200_Charting an American Republic : the Origins and Writing of the Federalist Papers

By Jude M. Pfister / KF4515 .P45 2016  

The Federal Constitution of 1787 faced an uncertain future when it was sent to the states for ratification. Next to the Constitution, the Federalist Papers are the most referenced statement of the Founding Fathers’ intentions in forming the U.S. Government. This book looks at the Papers in the context of the times in which they were created.

51rx2q7qehl-_sx340_bo1204203200_For Ourselves and Our Posterity : the Preamble to the Federal Constitution in American History

By Peter Charles Hoffer / KF4541 .H575 2013

Author Peter Hoffer offers a sweeping, dramatic narration of a crucial moment in Early American history. The Preamble and all that it came to represent was the unique achievement of a remarkable group of men at a momentous turning point in American history. Providing a clear exposition of constitutional issues, For Ourselves and Our Posterity features individual portraits of the leading framers at the heart of this dramatic event.






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