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The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections, 1788–1790, Volume I
Edited by Merrill Jensen and Robert A. Becker


This is the first volume of an ambitious project which offers to the historian of early America the first readily accessible account of the nation’s first elections. Volume I documents the first federal elections in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. This book also covers the Constitution, the Confederation Congress, and federal elections, as well as the Confederation Congress and the First Federal Election Ordinance of September 13th, 1788.

Included in the three-volume set are hundreds of documents which together illuminate the critical political events of the time and the men who forged them. These documents, most of which have been available to scholars only under the most difficult of circumstances, provided the basis for a more complete understanding of the fundamental political acts required to implement the Constitution after its ratification: the election of Representatives, Senators, Electors, and a President—the men who would give shape and meaning to the government created by the Constitution.

Merril Jensen when this book was published, was professor in the department of history at the University of Wisconsin– Madison, and author or editor of several books concerning American history. Among these are two which have been published by the University of Wisconsin Press, The Articles of Confederation: An Interpretation of the Social-Constitutional History of the American Revolution, 1774–1781, and Regionalism in America.
Robert A. Becker
was at that time assistant professor of history at Louisiana State University.

Click the links below for more information and to order additional volumes in this series:
The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections, 1788–1790, Volume I
The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections, 1788–1790, Volume II
The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections, 1788–1790, Volume III
The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections, 1788–1790, Volume IV


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June 1976

LC: 74-005903 JK
928 pp.
  6 1/8 x 9 1/4

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