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Kaminski, John P.


American Founding Era Collection

The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution


As the largest, oldest, and wealthiest of the original thirteen colonies, Virginia played a central role in the fight for independence and as a state in the new republic. This importance is reflected in the number of Virginians who filled key national leadership positions. Three... More


The Great Virginia Triumvirate
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in the Eyes of Their Contemporaries

John P. Kaminski

As the largest, oldest, and wealthiest of the original thirteen colonies, Virginia played a central role in the fight for independence and as a state in the new republic. This importance is reflected in the number of Virginians who filled key national leadership positions. Three remarkable... More


The Constitution before the Judgment Seat
The Prehistory and Ratification of the American Constitution, 1787–1791

Jürgen Heideking. Edited by John P. Kaminski and Richard Leffler

Originally published in German in 1988, the late Jürgen Heideking's exhaustive study of the debates over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution compares the methods used to call state ratifying conventions and explores everything that made up the ratification debate, from town meetings and... More


The Founders on the Founders
Word Portraits from the American Revolutionary Era

Edited by John P. Kaminski

"I never indeed thought him an honest, frank-dealing man, but considered him as a crooked gun, or other perverted machine, whose aim or stroke you could never be sure of."—Thomas Jefferson on Aaron Burr"[A]lways an honest Man, often a wise one, but sometimes, and in some things, absolutely out of... More