Decision in Philadelphia the Constitutional Convention of 1787
Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier
New York: Ballantine Books: 1987.
William R. McDowell
May 11, 2008
Read Decision in Philadelphia the Constitutional Convention of 1787 by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier. Write an essay of about 2000 words explaining why the ratification of the Constitution was such a decision. Explain, in detail, ways that this rendition differs from Middlekauff’s rendition. Discuss the uniqueness of the creation of the American polity.
This essay will discuss the reasons why Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier, Decision in Philadelphia, calls the ratification of the Constitution a decision. It will also discuss in detail the differences between the Colliers’s version and the version written by Robert Middlekauf in his book, The Glorious Cause. Lastly it will discuss the uniqueness of the creation of the American polity.
Why did Collier, Chris and James Lincoln (1987) call the ratification of the Constitution a decision? Simply put, because upon viewing all the facts, the difficulties facing the proposition appeared to preclude ratification. But George Washington and James Madison, in correspondence to other noteworthy personages such as Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, first called the ratification a decision. The decision of ratification had its basis in the struggle that was the Convention itself. The debates that occurred during the Convention were replayed on a grander scale across the country during the ensuing ten months it took for 11 states to ratify the Constitution. Indeed it could be said that the Convention not only devised and developed the Constitution, but it prepared the delegates to fight for its ratification as well, and prepared those arguments they would need to convince the public to adopt this radical change in government but changes the delegates nonetheless felt necessary to...