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Recovering the Lost Worlds of America’s Written Constitutions

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Title: Recovering the Lost Worlds of America’s Written Constitutions
Author: Fritz, Christian G.
Subject(s): American Constitutionalism
Written Constitutions
Popular Sovereignty
Alter or Abolish Provisions
Bill of Rights
Sovereignty of the People
Constitutional Revision
Constitutional Tradition
Rule of Law
People’s Sovereignty
Dorr’s Rebellion
Right of Revolution
Abstract: “Recovering the Lost Worlds of America’s Written Constitutions,” originating as the sixth Brennan Lecture delivered at Oklahoma City University Law School on November 7, 2002, explores the transformation of the right of revolution in the wake of the American Revolution. The significance of displacing the singular sovereign in the person of the king with the collective sovereign of “the people,” gave rise to constitutional understandings that are at odds with today’s constitutionalism that emphasizes the necessity of procedural regularity to effect legitimate constitutional revision. The article explores how “circumvention” of such procedures was consistent with an earlier concept of the people who retained practical sovereignty.
Date: 2005
Publisher: Albany Law School
Citation: 68 Alb. L. Rev. 261 (2005)
Description: 32 p. Previously published by Albany Law Review, State Constitutional Commentary
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/3662

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