Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791, Volume 16
Correspondence: First Session, June - August 1789
Three new volumes in this acclaimed series present letters written by and to members of the First Federal Congress and communications from other informed individuals at the seat of government in New York City by 1789. The letters bring the official record to life by providing details about the political process through which Congress began to accomplish its daunting agenda by establishing the first federal revenue system, fleshing out the executive and judicial branches outlined in the Constitution, drafting the Bill of Rights, and beginning to tackle the divisive issue of locating the permanent federal capital. The documents supply a rich source of information about the members' opinions on issues, lives in New York and concerns about their distant families, and the services they provided for constituents, as well as constituent opinions about issues. They also make available for the first time in English the frank and insightful letters of the French minister on the subject of the new federal government.
About the Author
Helen E. Veit is associate editor of the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791; Charlene Bangs Bickford is director and co-editor of DHFF; Kenneth R. Bowling is co-editor of the DHFFC; and William C. diGiacomantonio is assistant editor of the DHFFC.
"This complete and well-edited record of the First Federal Congress is a model documentary edition. Historians of the early republic owe thanks to the editors and publisher of this exemplary collection."
"A monument of careful yet easily usable scholarship. The formal legislative record always needs to be supplemented by the evidence of personal correspondence. This correspondence is in its own important way a memorial to a crucial moment in the translation of the constitution from founding text into functioning document, because it helped to establish the links necessary to maintain loyalty to the new government. The completion of the DHFFC will fill in one of the most exciting and momentous chapters in American political history."
"One of the most imaginative and valuable editorial projects ever undertaken for any aspect of American history."
"A wealth of materials. For the first time, a significant part of the early history of Congress will be made accessible to legal scholars, a fact that I believe will significantly inform their discourse."
Other Titles by Charlene Bangs Bickford
Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789–March 3, 1791
Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791, Volume 17
Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791, Volume 14
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