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The Resource The second creation : fixing the American Constitution in the founding era, Jonathan Gienapp

The second creation : fixing the American Constitution in the founding era, Jonathan Gienapp

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The second creation : fixing the American Constitution in the founding era
Title
The second creation
Title remainder
fixing the American Constitution in the founding era
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Gienapp
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Americans widely believe that the United States Constitution was almost wholly created when it was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1788. But in a shrewd rereading of the founding era, Jonathan Gienapp upends this long-held assumption, recovering the unknown story of American constitutional creation in the decade after its adoption--a story with explosive implications for current debates over constitutional originalism and interpretation. When the Constitution first appeared, it was shrouded in uncertainty. Not only was its meaning unclear, but so too was its essential nature. Was the American Constitution a written text, or something else? Was it a legal text? Was it finished or unfinished? What rules would guide its interpretation? Who would adjudicate competing readings? As political leaders put the Constitution to work, none of these questions had answers. Through vigorous debates they confronted the document's uncertainty, and--over time--how these leaders imagined the Constitution radically changed. They had begun trying to fix, or resolve, an imperfect document, but they ended up fixing, or cementing, a very particular notion of the Constitution as a distinctively textual and historical artifact circumscribed in space and time. This means that some of the Constitution's most definitive characteristics, ones which are often treated as innate, were only added later and were thus contingent and optional. By offering a stunning revision of the founding document's evolving history, The Second Creation forces us to confront anew the question that animated the founders so long ago: What is our Constitution?--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1983-
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Gienapp, Jonathan
Dewey number
342.7302/9
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4541
LC item number
.G54 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States.
  • Constitutional amendments
  • Constitutional history
  • Constitutional law
Label
The second creation : fixing the American Constitution in the founding era, Jonathan Gienapp
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bar code
  • 31223125670282
  • 31223125670290
  • 31223125693599
  • 31223125693607
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-433) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Reimagining the creation of the American Constitution -- The uncertainty of written constitutionalism -- Language and power -- The unfinished Constitution -- The sacred text -- The rules of the Constitution -- The "people's" Constitution -- The apotheosis of the fixed Constitution -- Epilogue: The endurance of fixity
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9780674185043
Lccn
2018008168
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1020311376
Label
The second creation : fixing the American Constitution in the founding era, Jonathan Gienapp
Publication
Copyright
Bar code
  • 31223125670282
  • 31223125670290
  • 31223125693599
  • 31223125693607
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-433) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Reimagining the creation of the American Constitution -- The uncertainty of written constitutionalism -- Language and power -- The unfinished Constitution -- The sacred text -- The rules of the Constitution -- The "people's" Constitution -- The apotheosis of the fixed Constitution -- Epilogue: The endurance of fixity
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9780674185043
Lccn
2018008168
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1020311376

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