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Fallacies of American Constitutionalism

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Title: Fallacies of American Constitutionalism
Author: Fritz, Christian G.
Subject(s): American Constitutionalism
Written Constitutions
Popular Sovereignty
Historiography
Constitutional Tradition
Sovereignty of the People
Federal Constitution
Constitutional Revision
People’s Sovereignty
Federal Constitutional Convention
Abstract: “Fallacies of American Constitutionalism” examines the pervasive assumptions in the scholarship of historians, lawyers, and political scientists that impute the central role of the federal Constitution to how Americans understood written constitutions after their Revolution. American struggles to come to grips with the meaning of the sovereignty of the people before and after 1787 reveals very different views about the people as the sovereign from those reflected in the federal Constitution and dispel the notion that our prevailing constitutional view is an unbroken chain stretching back to 1787.
Date: 2004
Publisher: Rutgers School of Law
Citation: 35 Rutgers L.J. 1327 (2004)
Description: 42p. Previously published by Rutgers Law Journal
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/3661

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