For Ourselves and Our Posterity: The Preamble to the Federal Constitution in American History by Peter Charles Hoffer

For Ourselves and Our Posterity: The Preamble to the Federal Constitution in American History

byPeter Charles Hoffer

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In For Ourselves and Our Posterity: The Preamble to the Federal Constitution in American History, author Peter Charles Hoffer offers a sweeping, dramatic narration of a crucial moment in Early American history. Over the course of five days in September 1787, five men serving on an ad hoc"Committee of Style and Arrangement" edited the draft of the federal Constitution at the Constitutional Convention, profoundly recasting the wording of the Preamble. In so doing, the committee changed a federation into a Union and laid out an ambitious program for national governance many yearsahead of its time. 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 theheart of this dramatic event.

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Peter Charles Hoffer is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia. He is the author of several books, including Cry Liberty: The Great Stono River Slave Rebellion of 1739 (OUP, 2011), The Brave New World: A History of Early America (2007), The Supreme Court: An Essential History (2007), Seven Fires: The Urban Infern...
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Title:For Ourselves and Our Posterity: The Preamble to the Federal Constitution in American HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Editor's ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionPrologue: Dinner at Mrs. Dailey's Boarding House1. The Revolutionary Republics, The Confederation, and their Laws2. The Constitutional Convention Meets3. The Drafting of the Preamble4. The Preamble and Federalism, 1787-18015. The Preamble in Crisis Times, 1801-18656. Legacies of the PreambleEpilogue: "Our Posterity"NotesFor Further ReadingIndex