The Constitution in Congress: The Federalist Period, 1789-1801by David P. Currie
In the most thorough examination to date, David P. Currie analyzes from a legal perspective the work of the first six congresses and of the executive branch during the Federalist era, with a view to its significance for constitutional interpretation. He concludes that the original understanding of the Constitution was forged not so much in the courts as in the legislative and executive branches, an argument of crucial importance for scholars in constitutional law, history, and government.
"David Currie is the first and in many ways the only writer who has converted the familiar recognition that the early Congresses had to add flesh, muscle, and blood to the skeleton of the Constitution into a sustained, coherent, and comprehensive account of just what this meant in practice. And he performs this task with a measure of concision and elegance that most scholars will surely admire."--Jack N. Rakove, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
"A joy to read."--Appellate Practive Journal and Update
"[A] patient and exemplary analysis of the work of the first six Congresses."--Geoffrey Marshall, Times Literary Supplement
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Meet the Author
David P. Currie (1936-2007) was the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He is the author of four volumes in the Constitution in Congress series and the award-winning two-volume history The Constitution in the Supreme Court.
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