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The Revolutionary Constitution

David J. Bodenhamer


The framers of the Constitution chose their words carefully when they wrote of a more perfect union—not absolutely perfect, but with room for improvement. Indeed, the United States no longer operates under the same Constitution as that ratified in 1788, or even the one completed by the Bill of Rights in 1791—because it is no longer the same nation. This book provides a comprehensive new look at America’s basic law, integrating the latest legal scholarship with historical context to highlight how it has evolved over time. The Constitution, it notes, was the product of the first modern revolutio ... More

Keywords: Constitution, Bill of Rights, Revolution, balance of powers, equality, Congress, property rights, zoning, landmarks, framers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199360444
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199360444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David J. Bodenhamer, author
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Carmel, IN, Professor of History

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