The number one question I am asked about my movies is “where did you get all that information from”? Well, when the subject is the U.S. Constitution there is one very reliable and unimpeachable source: The Documentary History of The Ratification of the U.S. Constitution, edited by Joseph Kaminski…
The volumes that I have presonally read are IX and X because they cover the Virginia ratification debates. There are 23 volumes in all and they would make a fantastic edition to any personal library.
The books are available at the University of Wisconsin press. Below is their description of the works.
“This documentary series is a research tool of remarkable power, an unrivaled reference work for historical and legal scholars, librarians, and students of the Constitution. The volumes are encyclopedic, consisting of manuscript and printed documents compiled from hundreds of sources, copiously annotated, thoroughly indexed, and often accompanied by microfiche supplements.”