Clothed with the Legitimate Authority of the People: A Review of Akhil Amar's America's Constitution

Posted: 18 Nov 2005

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Keith E. Whittington

Princeton University - Department of Political Science

Abstract

Akhil Amar's America's Constitution: A Biography succeeds in its aim of providing the general reader with an introduction to the constitutional text and the political concerns that led to that text. Readers will gain a new appreciation of the intricacy of the constitutional design and its value as an instrument of democratic politics. Constitutional realists will be left wondering, however, whether a biography that focuses so closely on the birth of the document misses too much of the real constitutional drama, its growth and development through later contestation, interpretation and practice.

Keywords: Constitution, constitutional history, Amar

Suggested Citation

Whittington, Keith E., Clothed with the Legitimate Authority of the People: A Review of Akhil Amar's America's Constitution. Princeton Law and Public Affairs Working Paper; U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 126. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=850125

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