James R. Stoner, Jr., Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University
"O'Neill and McDowell have brought together elegant essays by leading authorities that convincingly reveal the profound impact of the Enlightenment on the drafting of the American Constitution. These essays demonstrate that the Framers' emphasis on natural rights and equality, their reliance on constitutional structure to secure liberty, and their faith that good government could be established on 'reflection and choice' all stemmed from the spirit of free inquiry and innovation that the Enlightenment imbued in them."
Ralph A. Rossum, Salvatori Professor of American Constitutionalism, Claremont McKenna College
"This collection of essays by leading scholars of American political thought provides a penetrating and timely reassessment of the enduring philosophical foundations of America's unique contribution to modern constitutionalism."
Herman Belz, Professor of History, University of Maryland
"Original and invigorating."
David Peddle, Memorial University, Newfoundland (Canada)