Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions
Creating the American Republic
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- Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States- Accompanies exhibition at the New-York Historical Society February 26-May 26, 2020 and the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia June 1-July 5, 2020- First public view of these privately owned documents together, including a rare, privately owned copy of the original 1787 US Constitution- Timely publication during the politically charged 2020 US presidential election year Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions highlights documents that tell the story of American constitutionalism from the founding era through the turn of the twentieth century. Accompanying a major exhibition at the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of the American Revolution, the book features federal and state constitutional materials--including a rare, privately owned copy of the original 1787 US constitution--that offer essential windows onto the history of the United States. Remarkably numerous and impressively diverse, constitutions enabled Americans to create revolutionary governments of, by, and for the people. Weaving both well-known and less familiar documents into a compelling narrative, the accessible text reveals how Americans have exercised their constitutional powers to shape their communities and why democracy remains an ongoing process, one in which citizens must constantly strive to create "more perfect" unions among themselves.
Scala Arts Publishers Inc., 9781785512070, 208pp.
Publication Date: February 14, 2020
About the Author
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, where she has served since 1993. She is the second of four female justices to be appointed to the Court. James F. Hrdlicka is a postdoctoral research scholar in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the Program in Political History and Leadership at Arizona State University. Previously he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia.