"The Debate on the Constitution charts the course of the bloodless revolution that created the government of the United States and the world’s oldest working political charter. Here, on a scale unmatched by any previous collection, is the extraordinary energy and eloquence of our first national political campaign. Part Two includes speeches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and private letters written or delivered from January to August 1788. Highlights include dramatic confrontations in Virginia, where Patrick Henry pitted his legendary oratorical skills against the persuasive logic of James Madison, and in New York, where Alexander Hamilton faced the brilliant Antifederalist Melancton Smith. With notes, detailed chronology, biographical information, and texts of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution."
The Library of America