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Jack Rakove

Jack Rakove’s Original Meanings was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1997. The American Constitution is due in the summer. He teaches at Stanford.

Did the 13 mainland colonies of British North America become America before their inhabitants thought of themselves as Americans? That is the question raised by these two books. Each is a work of scholarly synthesis; each deals rather uneasily with the epochal event – the Revolution – that separates their respective periods; each is finally concerned with the onset of modernity in...

An Agreement with Hell

Eric Foner, 20 February 1997

The United States must be the only country in the world to have lived for more than two centuries under a single written constitution. In France, monarchies and republics, each with its own...

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