The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison, by Edward J. Larson & Michael P. Winship, ISBN 0-8129-7517
This book essentially condenses and annotates Madison’s notes taken throughout the Convention so that the language and the important concepts that were discussed can be understood today. The book includes a list of those attending the convention and their respective states. When you keep a copy of this list handy while reading the notes, you can get a clear picture of the regional motives behind the discussion as the constitution was developed. This book, in conjunction with The Founding Brothers, John Ellis, were both extremely helpful in developing a working understanding of what I consider to be one of the most interesting 10 to 20 year time period in US history.
I thought that in addition to all of your other reading, these two items may be interesting and helpful.Thanks for your suggestions Jim. To the readers of this post: "If you have a chance to read either of these (or have already done so), the community would love to hear your reactions as well. "The 'Cherokee Advocate' became the first newspaper published in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) on Sept. 26, 1844. Published weekly, in both Cherokee and English, it provided Cherokees with information about their people and the United States. When it first started publication it was the country's only tribal-owned newspaper; it would later be joined by the "Choctaw Intelligencer" in 1850 and the "Chickasaw Intelligencer" in 1854. The last issue of the Advocate was published in 1906 after the federal government dissolved the Cherokee Nation. The printing office, press, and other equipment were sold to a Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, publisher in 1911, and the Cherokee syllabary typeset was sent to the Smithsonian Institution for preservation. After nearly 100 years, the Cherokee Advocate printing press returned to its original home at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in early 2010. The printing press will be one of the museum's centerpieces. For more information, visit cherokeetourismok.com." The first "Minnesota" newspaper has the curious distinction of never being printed in Minnesota. Dr. Andrew Randall, a U.S. government employee from Ohio engaged in a geological survey of the Minnesota district, decided to become a printer. He returned to his home town of Cincinnati, purchased printing equipment, and produced in Cincinnati the volume 1, number 1 issue of the "Minnesota Register". There was but one number, but existing copies bear different dates of April 7 and 27, 1849. Another outsider, James Goodhue, a lawyer-turned printer from Lancaster, Wisconsin, worked for a newspaper in Wisconsin before carting his equipment and heading north for St. Paul's Landing in the Minnesota Territory. There he planed on printing what was to be named the "Epistle of St. Paul", but after advice of friends the first issue was actually titled the "Minnesota Pioneer", appearing on April 28, 1849. Not only was this the first newspaper actually printed in Minnesota, it was the first piece of any printing done in the territory. The next newspaper was done by another Ohioan, James Hughes, who on May 31, 1849 printed the "Minnesota Chronicle" on May 31, 1849. Third in line was the "Minnesota Register", now moved from Cincinnati to Minnesota to become a legitimate Minnesota newspaper when it printed its July 14, 1849 issue in St. Paul. Just over a month later the "Chronicle" and "Register" combined to produce the "Chronicle & Register" on August 25. Masonic Magazine" from Dublin, Ireland, July, 1792, has an interesting article headed: "General rules for Behaving in Mourning". It may have been written partially tongue-in-cheek, but you can decide. The Post Boy (London) dated June 17, 1710, I came across a few articles pertaining to the news of the day that were interesting. One was related to a current topic of interest, "job security", being a petition from Master Gun-Smiths for and on-behalf of themselves (Dublin and Ireland) stating they were to be the ones to making the Arms for themselves - perhaps a conflict of interest??? Another was the report of the returning of the Majesty's ships, "as prize, a French Privateer." However, it was an advertisement which really caught my eye. It begins with "Went away from their Master..." and continues on to describe two young lads, their clothing, provides their names and states that they "suppos'd to be straggled on Ship Board", and that anyone who helps to find them "shall be kindly rewarded". Interesting contrast between those who were trying feverishly to preserve their livelihood with those who were running from it. ~The Traveler Rick Brown, not unknown in our little world of newspaper collecting, is embarking upon a project and seeks your help. Rick published "Collectible Newspapers" for many years and created the Newspaper Collectors' Society of America along with producing several projects which remain valuable to our hobby today, including the "List of Common Reprints" found on our website. His current project is producing a list of all known reprint editions of the New York Herald of April 15, 1865, perhaps the most commonly reprinted newspaper on the market. He has identified 35 different versions and is lacking a few including: * Kitchel's Liniment for 1890, 1892 through 1899, 1903 and 1904, 1906 through 1908. (The date for each can be found at the top margin of page 2.) * Smith's Buchu Lythia Pills He also wishes to produce a reprint of the front pages of each of the four genuine editions of the newspaper for free online use. Should you have a genuine New York Herald, April 15, 1865 in your collection, or one of the reprint edition editions noted above, please be in touch with Rick directly for details on how to assist in his project: Curator@historybuff.com
The "Bradford Reporter" newspaper from the small town of Towanda, Pennsylvania, October 22, 1863, contains: "The Story of Two Bullets" which provides a somewhat poetic analogy to a hopeful conclusion to the Civil War.Admittedly, volumes of this title have become more difficult to come by in recent years, prompting us to take a closer look at some issues which used to go out the door almost as quickly as they came in. The June, 1790 issue was seemingly just another innocuous magazine from the post-war era, and which I suspect we sold dozens of times for $15 to $25 or so. But a week ago I took a more careful look and found an excellent obituary of Benjamin Franklin, taking over 1 1/2 pages, even including is very famous self-written obituary which includes: "The body of Benjamin Franklin, Printer, like the cover of an old book, its content torn out & stript of its lettering & gilding, lies here food for worms...". You may have purchased this June, 1790 issue from us in years past. If you have, take a look at pages 571-3 and elevate the status of this issue from generic to significant. Even with this wonderful content, we still offer this issue for less than 1/3 the price of comparable reports in American newspapers. I wonder how many other significant issues we've sold over the past 34 years not fully knowing what was inside? Hopefully you have discovered some gems which escaped my eye....it's all part of the thrill of collecting!
The San Francisco "Daily Herald" newspaper dated March 30, 1854 has a brief report headed "Not Dead" (see below). It is reminiscent of the more famous--although much later--quote by Mark Twain in 1897 in which an illness of his cousin was confused with him, prompting him to write: "...The report of my illness grew out of his illness, the report of my death was an exaggeration."