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My longtime assistant, Linda Chesky Fernandes, continued to conceal my technological incompetence and began each day asking “What do you need?” I always answered “Nothing but unconditional love.” That came naturally from my wife, Ellen Wilkins Ellis, offered in her Mississippi accent, often with a steel magnolia edge, suggesting that it was time to come back from the eighteenth century. Most of the book was written in my study at Amherst in longhand, though not with a quill pen. My only research assistants were two devoted Labradoodles, an aging but still feisty Jack Russell, and a bothersome cat who kept walking across the piles of papers on my desk. There are professional and personal reasons for the dedication to Pauline Maier, who passed away while I was writing the final draft. On the former score, Pauline’s last book has established itself as the authoritative account of the ratification process of 1787–88, which helped to guide me through the otherwise bewildering state-by-state debates over the Constitution. On the latter score, Pauline was a spirited, intellectually passionate friend and colleague for thirty years, who was never afraid to tell me what she thought. She preached that history was an argument without end, and she practiced what she preached. I can hear her now, shouting from above, “Joe, are you sure about the title?”
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Joseph J. Ellis Amherst, Massachusetts MAY 12, 2015
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NOTES The following endnotes represent my attempt to cite the primary and secondary sources that most influenced my interpretation of the founding era. Several generations of American historians have moseyed on down this trail before me, leaving a legacy of scholarship that merits at least a nod of recognition. Here are some seminal studies that somehow never made it into the endnotes: Akkil Reed Amar, America’s Constitution: A Biography (New York, 2005); Herman Belz et al., eds., To Form a More Perfect Union: The Critical Ideas of the Constitution (Charlottesville, Va., 1992); Robert Dahl, How Democratic Is the American Constitution? (New Haven, Conn., 2003); Jackson Turner Main, The Antifederalists: Critics of the Constitution (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1961); Forrest McDonald, We the People: The Economic Origins of the Constitution (Chicago, 1958), and E Pluribus Unum: The Formation of the American Republic , 1776–1790 (Boston, 1965); Clinton Rossiter, 1787: The Grand Convention (New York, 1966); David Stewart, The Summer of 1787 (New York, 2007); Carl Van Doren, The Great Rehearsal (New York, 1948); Gordon Wood, The Creation of the American Republic (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1969), and Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different (New York, 2006). For whatever reasons, I have not quoted from these texts, but there is no question that my thinking over the years has been influenced by them. ABBREVIATIONS Titles AP Robert J. Taylor et al., eds., The Papers of John Adams , 12 vols. to date (Cambridge, Mass., 1983–) DA Lyman H. Butterfield et al., eds., The Diary and Autobiography of John Adams (Cambridge, Mass., 1966) DHRC Merrill Jensen, John P. Kaminski, and Gaspar J. Saladino, eds., Documentary History of
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