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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Massachusetts (2)
(1998)

Organization,   pp. xxv-xxvi


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Organization
The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution is divided
into:
(1) Constitutional Documents and Records, 1776-1787 (1 volume),
(2) Ratification of the Constitution by the States (13 volumes),
(3) Commentaries on the Constitution: Public and Private (6 volumes),
(4) The Bill of Rights (1 or 2 volumes).
Constitutional Documents and Records, 1776-87.
This introductory volume, a companion to all of the other volumes,
traces the constitutional development of the United States during its
first twelve years. Cross-references to it appear frequently in other vol-
umes when contemporaries refer to events and proposals from 1776 to
1787. The documents include: (1) the Declaration of Independence,
(2) the Articles of Confederation, (3) ratification of the Articles, (4)
proposed amendments to the Articles, proposed grants of power to
Congress, and ordinances for the Western Territory, (5) the calling of
the Constitutional Convention, (6) the appointment of Convention del-
egates, (7) the resolutions and draft constitutions of the Convention,
(8) the report of the Convention, and (9) the Confederation Congress
and the Constitution.
Ratification of the Constitution by the States.
The volumes are arranged in the order in which the states consid-
ered the Constitution. Although there are variations, the documents
for each state are organized into the following groups: (1)C commen-
taries from the adjournment of the Constitutional Convention to the
meeting of the state legislature that called the state convention, (2) the
proceedings of the legislature in calling the convention, (3) commen-
taries from the call of the convention until its meeting, (4) the election
of convention delegates, (5) the proceedings of the convention, and
(6) post-convention documents.
Microfiche Supplements to Ratification of the Constitution by the States.
Much of the material for each state is repetitious or peripheral but
still valuable. Literal transcripts of this material are placed on micro-
fiche supplements. Occasionally, photographic copies of significant
manuscripts are also included.
The types of documents in the supplements are:
(1) newspaper items that repeat arguments, examples of which are
printed in the state volumes,
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