CONTENTS:- Preface 1. Introduction 2. Introduction to the Constitutional Convention 3. The Constitutional Convention: Day by day Summary 4. Major Themes at the Constitutional Convention 5. Committee Assignments Chart and Commentary 6. Selected Correspondence from Summer 1787 7. The Utility of the Union in Respect to Commercial Relations and a Navy 8. Defects of the Confederation
This study explores both the empirical and the substantive validity of the traditional historical and philosophical interpretations of the creation of the American Constitution. Advocates of differing interpretations of the constitution's drafting have taken two distinct views, some arguing that the convention created the constitution out of a commitment to ideas and political principles, others arguing that the participants designed the constitution to aid and protect their social, political, and economic interests. This study looks more closely at the roll call voting record of the Constitutional Convention than any previous study and concludes that an accurate understanding of the constitution making process must acknowledge that both philosophical and material concerns were at work in the Federal Convention.