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Signing of the Constitution

Comprehensive in rhetoric and communication journal articles, selective in books and works from other fields.


Benoit, William L., and J. Michael D'Agostine. "'The Case of the Midnight Judges' and Multiple Audience Discourse: Chief Justice Marshall and Marbury v. Madison." Southern Communication Journal 59.(1994): 89-96.

Browne, Stephen H. "The Political Uses of Pastoral: Rhetorical Dynamics in John Dickinson's First Letter from a Farmer in Pennsylvania." Quarterly Journal of Speech 76 (1990): 46-57.

De Vilbiss Davisson, Ora B. "The Early Pamphilets Of Alexander Hamilton." Quarterly Journal Of Speech 30.2 (1944): 168ff.

di Giacomantonio, William C. "For the Gratification of a Volunteering Society": Antislavery and Pressure Group Politics in the First Federal Congress." Journal of the Early Republic 15 (1995): 169-197.

Einhorn, Lois J. "Basic Assumptions in the Virginia Ratification Debates: Patrick Henry vs. James Madison on the Nature of Man and Reason." Southern Speech Communication Journal 46 (1981):

---. "A Twist of Principles: Presumption and Burden of Proof in the Virginia Ratification Debates on the Federal Constitution." Southern Communication Journal 55 (1990): 144-161.

Ekstrand, Victoria Smith, and Cassandra Imfeld Jeyaram. "Our Founding Anonymity: Anonymous Speech During The Constitutional Debate." American Journalism 28.3 (2011): 35-60.

Ellis, Joseph J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. New York: Vintage, 2000.

Erler, Edward J. "James Madison and the Framing of the Bill of Rights: Reality and Rhetoric in the New Constitutionalism. Political Communication 9 (1992): 213-229.

Furtwangler, Albert. The Authority of Publius: A Reading of the Federalist Papers. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1984.

Halstuk, Martin E. "Policy of Secrecy--Pattern of Deception: What Federalist Leaders Thought about a Public Right To Know, 1794-98. Communication Law and Policy 51 (2002): 51-76.

Hample, Judith. "The Textual and Cultural Authenticity of Patrick Henry's 'Liberty or Death' Speech." Quarterly Journal of Speech 63 (1977): 298-310.

Holmes, Leigh H. "Claiming Grounds of Substance: Reading James Boyd White on the U.S. Constitution's Discursive Communities." RSQ: Rhetoric Society Quarterly 21.3 (1991): 59-67.

Jasinski, James. "A Constitutive Framework for Rhetorical Historiography: Toward an Understanding of the Discursive (Re)Constitution of "Constitution" in The Federalist Papers." Doing Rhetorical History: Concepts and Cases. Ed. Kathleen J. Turner. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1998. 72-92.

Jasinski, James. "The Feminization of Liberty, Domesticated Virtue, and the Reconstitution of Power and Authority in Early American Political Discourse." Quarterly Journal of Speech 79 (1993): 146-164.

Jasinski, James. "Heteroglossia, Polyphony, and The Federalist Papers." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 27 (1997): 23-46.

Jasinski, James. "Rhetoric and Judgment in the Constitutional Ratification Debate of 1787-1788: An Exploration of the Relationship between Theory and Critical Practice." Quarterly Journal of Speech 78 (1992): 197-218.

Manolescu, Beth Innocenti. "Style and Spectator Judgment in Fisher Ames's Jay Treaty Speech." Quarterly Journal of Speech 84 (1998): 62-79.

McCants, David A. "The Authenticity of James Maury's Account of Patrick Henry's Speech in the Parson's Cause." Southern Speech Communication Journal 42 (1976): ---. Patrick Henry, the Orator. Great Orators 8. New York: Greenwood P, 1990.

---. "The Role of Patrick Henry in the Stamp Act Debate." Southern Speech Communication Journal 46 (1980): 205-227.

McWilliams, Wilson. "The Anti-Federalists,Representation, and Party." Northwestern University Law review 84.1(1989): 11-38.

Morgan, Kenneth. "George Washington and the Problem of Slavery." Journal of American Studies 34 (2000): 279-280.

Morrow, Terence S. "Representation and Political Deliberation in the Massachusetts Constitutional Ratification Debate." Rhetoric and Public Affairs 3 (2000): 529-553.

Remer, Gary. "Two Models of Deliberation: Oratory and Conversation in Ratifying the Constitution." Journal of Political Philosophy 8 (2000): 69-90.

Richards, Gale L. "Alexander Hamilton's Influence on John Marshall's Judiciary Speech in the 1788 Virginia Federal Ratifying Convention." Quarterly Journal of Speech 44 (1958): 31-39).

Richards, Gale L. "A Case Study In Deliberative Persuasion: John Marshall's Congressional Speech On Jonathan Robbins." Speech Monographs 21.4 (1954): 254-266.

Richards, Gale L. "Invention In John Marshall's Legal Speaking: 1782-1800." Southern Speech Journal 19.(1953): 108-115.

Smith, Craig R., and Scott Lybarger. The Ratification of the Bill of Rights, 1789-91. Long Beach: Center for First Amendment Studies, 1991.

Southard, Bjørn F. Stillion. "Prudential Argumentation and John Marshall's Opinion in Marbury v. Madison." Argumentation & Advocacy 44/1 (2007): 1-17.

Stillion Southard, Bjørn F. "Prudential Argumentation And John Marshall's Opinion In Marbury V. Madison (1803)." Argumentation & Advocacy 44.1 (2007): 1-17.

Wills, Garry. Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. New York: Vintage P, 1979.

Vivian, Bradford. "Jefferson's Other." Quarterly Journal of Speech 88/3 (2002): 284-302.

Zarefsky, David, and Victoria J. Gallagher. "From 'Conflict' to 'Constitutional Question:' Transformations in Early American Public Discourse." Quarterly Journal of Speech 76 (1990): 247-261.