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The Original Compromise: What the Constitution’s Framers Were Really Thinking

David Robertson


This new account of the framing of the Constitution emphasizes the fierce arguments, intricate political dynamics, and multiple compromises that produced it. James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, representing two of the larger states, pursued an ambitious vision of a robust government with broad power. Leaders from smaller states envisioned only a few added powers, sufficient to correct the disastrous weakness of the Articles of Confederation, but not so strong as to threaten the governing systems within their own states. The two sides battled for three arduous months; the Constitution emerged ... More

Keywords: U.S. Constitution, Constitutional Convention, compromise, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, U.S. Government, original intent, Federalist Papers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199796298
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Robertson, author
University of Missouri-St. Louis