Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
From abortion to same-sex marriage, today's most urgent political debates will hinge on one question: What did the United States Constitution originally mean and who understands its meaning best? In Original Meanings, Jack N. Rakove chronicles the Constitution from inception to ratification and in so doing traces its complex weave of ideology and interest, showing us how that document meant different things to different groups of Americans at different moments of its creation.
Whether he is reopening the issues that the Constitution's framers tried to solve or reanimating the personalities of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, Rakove writes lucidly, incisively, and with an eye fixed on the contraversies that continue to rage around the Constitution.
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Review: Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the ConstitutionUser Review - Igor Faynshteyn - Goodreads
This is a deeply and meticulously researched book, by one of the leading Constitutional scholars/historians Jack Rakove (as distinct from constitutional law; he is not a lawyer). The scholarship is ... Read full review
Review: Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the ConstitutionUser Review - Erin - Goodreads
It is infuriating to me that historians hide their brilliant interpretations of a concept so pertinent to today's political discussion behind incoherent writing styles. This book is at times ... Read full review