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Documentary History of the First Federal Elections, 1788–1790

University of Wisconsin

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A comprehensive edition of documents and correspondence pertaining to the first congressional elections. Included 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. 

Complete in four volumes.


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Volume III of the Documentary History of the First Federal Elections.


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