Writing It All Down: The Art of Constitution Making for the State and the Nation, 1776-1833

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Suggested Reading List

Bowen, Catherine Drinker. The Lion and the Throne. The life and Times of Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634). Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1956, especially pp. 482-503. [Bowen provides a well-written, if possibly over-dramatized, account of Coke's role in preparing the Petition.]

Constitutional Convention Commission. Constitutional Revision Study Documents. Baltimore: King Brothers, Inc., 1968..

Dumbauld, Edward. "State Precedents for the Bill of Rights." Journal of Public Law, 7 (1958): 323-344.

Foster, Elizabeth R. "Petitions and the Petition of Right," Journal of British Studies 14 (1974), 21-45.

Friedman, Dan. "Tracing the Lineage: Textual and Conceptual Similarities in the Revolutionary-Era State Declarations of Rights of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware." Unpublished.

Guy, J. A. "The Origin of the Petition of Right Reconsidered," The Historical Journal 25 (1982), 289-312.

Howard, A. E. Dick. The Road from Runnymede. Magna Carta and Constitutionalism in America. Charlottesville: The Univesity Press of Virginia, 1968.

[Johnson, R.C., M.F. Keeler, M.J. Cole, and W. B. Bidwell, eds.,] Commons Debates 1628, III, 627-34; IV, 1-186 passim, esp. 181-86, for the Petition of Right.

Lewis, H. H. Walker. The Maryland Constitution of 1776. n.pl., n.pub., 1976.

Morgan, Edmund S. Inventing the People. The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1988.

Onuf, Peter, ed. Maryland and the Empire, 1773. The Antilon-First Citizen Letters. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974. Papenfuse, Edward. "The `Amending Fathersí and the Constitution: Changing Perceptions of Home Rule and Who Should Rule at Home," in The Southís Role in the Creation of the Bill of Rights. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1991, pp. 51-75.

Papenfuse, Eric Robert. "Marylandís Five Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787" in Maryland: Unity in Diversity. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1990, pp. 39-49.

Revised introduction from Papenfuse, Edward C. and Gregory A. Stiverson, eds. The Decisive Blow is Struck. A Facsimile Edition of the Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of 1776 and the First Maryland Constitution. Annapolis: Hall of Records Commission, 1977.

Relf, Frances Helen. "The Petition of Right." The University of Minnesota Studies in the Social Sciences, Number 8 in Bulletin of the University of Minnesota, December 1917. [The standard work on the Petition of Right.]

Rutland, Robert Allen. The Birth of the Bill of Rights. 1776-1791. rev. ed. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1983.

Stiverson, Gregory. "Marylandís Antifederalists and the Perfection of the U.S. Constitution." Maryland Historical Magazine, 83 (Spring 1988): 18-35.

Young, Michael B. "The Origins of the Petition of Right Reconsidered Further," The Historical Journal 27 (1984), 449-52.

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