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Eavesdropping on the Vox Populi

13 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2012  

Alison L. LaCroix

University of Chicago Law School

Date Written: 2011


This review of Pauline Maier’s Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 (2010) and Jack N. Rakove’s Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (2010) analyzes the books’ treatment of the themes of commerce, constitutionalism, and the role of uncertainty in the American founding. The review also discusses the authors’ distinctive methodological approaches and considers the strengths and weaknesses of a narrative approach to writing the history of the period.

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LaCroix, Alison L., Eavesdropping on the Vox Populi (2011). Tulsa Law Review, Vol. 99, 2011; U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 409. Available at SSRN:

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