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The Bill of Rights and the States

The Colonial and Revolutionary Origins of American Liberties

Edited by Patrick T. Conley and John P. Kaminski - Contributions by John K. Alexander and John P. Kaminski

Fourteen individual state essays elucidate the complexitites of local and regional interests that shaped the debate over individual rights and the eventual adoption of the Bill of Rights. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 568
978-1-4616-0518-8 • eBook • July 1992 • $29.99 • (£19.95)
Patrick T. Conley is professor of history at Providence College and has authored many books on the Constitution and Rhode Island history including Democracy in Decline, Rhode Island's Constitutional Development, 1776-1841.
John P. Kaminski is the director of The Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written and spoken widely on early American history and the Constitution. He is a former president of The Association for Documentary Editing.
Chapter 1 Table of Illustrations
Chapter 2 Preface
Chapter 3 Acknowledgments
Chapter 4 Antecedents of the Bill of Rights: Found in the Revolutionary Declarations of Rights and Constitutions
Chapter 5 Chronology: Ratification of the Bill of Rights
Part 6 An Overview of Colonial and Revolutionary America
Chapter 7 Rights in Passage: English Liberties in Early America
Chapter 8 The Constitution without a Bill of Rights
Chapter 9 "A Tub to the Whale": The Adoption of the Bill of Rights
Part 10 The New England States
Chapter 11 Massachusetts: From Liberties to Rights: The Struggle in Colonial Massachusetts
Chapter 12 Connecticut: Liberty, Justice, and No Bill of Rights: Protecting Natural Rights in a Common-Law Commonwealth
Chapter 13 Rhode Island: Rhode Island: Laboratory for the "Lively Experiment"
Chapter 14 New Hampshire: New Hampshire Accepts the Bill of Rights
Chapter 15 Vermont: Freedom and Unity: Vermont's Search for Security of Property, Liberty, and Popular Government
Part 16 The Middle States
Chapter 17 New York: Liberty as Nature's Gift: The Colonial Origins of the Bill of Rights in New York
Chapter 18 New Jersey: A Study in Paradox: New Jersey and the Bill of Rights
Chapter 19 Delaware: Delaware: Armed in the Cause of Freedom
Chapter 20 Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania: Pioneer in Safeguarding Personal Rights
Part 21 The Southern States
Chapter 22 Virginia: "That All Men Are Born Equally Free and Independent": Virginians and the Origins of the Bill of Rights
Chapter 23 Maryland: "To Maintain Inviolate Our Liberties": Maryland and the Bill of Rights
Chapter 24 South Carolina: "Their Liberties, Properties and Priviledges": Civil Liberties in South Carolina, 1663-1791
Chapter 25 North Carolina: "There Ought to Be a Bill of Rights": North Carolina Enters a New Nation
Chapter 26 Georgia: Frontier Haven: Georgia and the Bill of Rights
Chapter 27 Bibliography: The Bill of Rights: A Bibliographic Essay
Chapter 28 Author-Editor Index to the Bibliographic Essays
Chapter 29 Index
Chapter 30 Notes on Contributors
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