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The second creation : fixing the American Constitution in the founding era

Author: Jonathan Gienapp
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Americans widely believe that the United States Constitution was almost wholly created when it was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1788. But in a shrewd rereading of the founding era, Jonathan Gienapp upends this long-held assumption, recovering the unknown story of American constitutional creation in the decade after its adoption--a story with explosive implications for current debates over constitutional  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Gienapp
ISBN: 9780674185043 0674185048
OCLC Number: 1020311376
Description: 451 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Reimagining the creation of the American Constitution --
The uncertainty of written constitutionalism --
Language and power --
The unfinished Constitution --
The sacred text --
The rules of the Constitution --
The "people's" Constitution --
The apotheosis of the fixed Constitution --
The endurance of fixity.
Responsibility: Jonathan Gienapp.

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Americans widely believe that the U.S. Constitution was almost wholly created when it was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1788. Jonathan Gienapp recovers the unknown story of the Constitution's  Read more...

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Gienapp focuses our attention on the first decade of controversy over the remarkable new invention, a national constitution. His fascinating and provocative story--how these debates created and Read more...

 
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