Professor Emeritus Melvin Yazawa will be at The University of New Mexico Bookstore on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. to sign copies of “Contested Conventions.” This event is open to the public.

Melvin Yazawa

“Contested Conventions: The Struggle to Establish the Constitution and Save the Union, 1787-1789” is a useful, readable and accessible treatment of the critical founding moments in early American history. “Contested Conventions” examines the political and ideological clashes that accompanied the transformation of the country from a loose confederation of states to a more perfect union. Yazawa highlights the contingent nature of the struggle to establish the Constitution and brings into focus the overriding concern of the framers and ratifiers. “Contested Conventions” is a cohesive and compelling account of the defining issues that led to the establishment of the Constitution.

Melvin Yazawa joined the UNM History department in 1984. He has since developed a variety of undergraduate courses and graduate seminars. He has authored multiple publications, including From Colonies to Commonwealth and The Diary and Life of Samuel Sewall.

The UNM Bookstore is located at 2301 Central Avenue NE at the intersection of Cornell and Central. Contact Marie Claire Day at 505-277-1388 or for more information.