The Constitution Reconsidered

The Constitution Reconsidered

The Constitution Reconsidered

The Constitution Reconsidered

Excerpt

This book is the offspring of the meeting of the American Historical Association in December, 1937, at Philadelphia on the occasion of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the United States Constitution. The papers printed here were read on that occasion. As originally designed, the program provided for: (1) a consideration of the background of political and economic and social ideas which determined the thinking of the authors of the Constitution and which found expression in their work; (2) an analysis of some phases of the Constitution itself; and (3) a study of its influence, not only upon American political thought and action, but also upon political thought and action in the world outside the United States.

It was no easy matter to plan such a program, to find the scholars competent to participate in it, and to induce them to contribute their time and their services. That task fell upon the shoulders of the Program Committee, and particular acknowledgment should be made here of the work of Professor Walton H. Hamilton of Yale, its Chairman; of Professor John H. Wuorinen of Columbia, its Secretary; and of Professor Dora Neill Raymond of Sweet Briar College, Professors Austin P. Evans and John A. Krout of Columbia, Professors Roy F. Nichols and A. P. Whitaker of the University of Pennsylvania, Professor J. Salwyn Schapiro of the College of the City of New York, Professor Stanley Pargellis of Yale, and Professor W. K. Jordan of Scripps College, California. The other members of the Program Committee: Professor Elizabeth S. Rogers of Wilson College, Professor Robert C. Binkley of Western Reserve University, Professor W. T. Root of the University of Iowa, and Professor Richard H. Shryock, then of Duke University, were unfortunately too far away to participate actively in the discussions, although they contributed much by correspondence.

The actual selection of papers to be published was made by this group, though the business of seeing the book through the press was referred by the Council of the Association to a smaller com-

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