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Turning the Constitution into a Text: The Emergence of an American Written Constitutional Consciousness

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Margaret Jacks Hall, 4th Floor, Terrace Room
Workshop: 
Seminar on the Enlightenment and Revolution, 1660-1830
Meeting Description: 

Inventing the Fixed Constitution: Language, Justification, and Constitutional Interpretation at the American Founding (under contract with Harvard University Press), chronicles how and why founding-era Americans’ understanding of their Constitution transformed in the earliest years of the document’s existence while exploring how those changes created a distinct kind of constitutional culture. More specifically, it investigates how early political debates over the Constitution’s meaning, in transforming the practices through which one could justifiably interpret the document, helped in the process alter how Americans imagined the Constitution and its possibilities.

Jonathan Gienapp is an assistant professor in the Department of History.

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