Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I find myself reading this book by Max Edling, which explores the ratification debates and the early Federalist government. He takes on a more pedantic tone, which can be a bit irritating, but offers a number of valuable insights. He looks at the Constitution in relation to contemporary views, particularly those held by historians like Bailyn and Wood. In this sense it is a historiography, exploring the Constitution's "original intent," and how it has been interpreted. Looks like a complete on-line copy here.