viii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9780674055278 hardcover alkaline paper 0674055276 hardcover alkaline paper
"New digital technologies and traditional historical investigation suggest that James Madison did not finish his famous Notes until after the Convention. The Notes are the most important, and most misunderstood, account of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. This biography of the Notes follows Madison as he created and then repeatedly revised a remarkable manuscript of American history. Originally a diary kept in part for the absent Thomas Jefferson, the Notes highlighted his fascination with the political strategy of drafting. But when the Convention began to draft the details of the Constitution, the complicated process led Madison to abandon his Notes. Only after serving in Congress and drafting new constitutional amendments did Madison return to complete them. By the time the Notes were published a half-century later, the layers of revisions made the Notes appear--inaccurately--to be an objective record of the writing of the Constitution"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
About Madison's notes Introduction PART I. NOTES BEFORE THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. The genre of legislative diaries The practice of working notes PART II. LEARNING TO KEEP A CONVENTIONAL DIARY. The success of the opening days Struggling with speeches PART III. RECORDING THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. An account of failed strategies Acquiring a new role PART IV. ABANDONING THE NOTES. The complexity of drafting The Convention's changing relevance PART V. COMPLETING THE NOTES. Correcting and revising the notes The influence of Mr. Jefferson Conclusion The evidence.
KF4510 .B55 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.