The Foundations of American Constitutionalism

The Foundations of American Constitutionalism

The Foundations of American Constitutionalism

The Foundations of American Constitutionalism

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The lectures here appearing in print were delivered at New York University in the spring of 1932 on the Anson G. Phelps Lectureship. The founder of this lectureship desired to provide for a course of public lectures "upon the early history of America, particularly with reference to New England, with the purpose of inculcating a knowledge of the principles which animated the Puritan Fathers and early colonists; and of the influence they have exerted upon modern civilization." This purpose I have attempted to carry out with directness and distinctness. It may seem to the reader -- if there be one -- that I have neglected to take into proper consideration many influences beside those of the Puritans; but such reflections will not be justified, I think, if the field and purpose of the lectureship be taken into account.

I have adhered in this volume to the lecture form of address and have not changed to the essay form. For this reason, and probably also because of my experiences in nearly half a century of teaching, I have allowed myself to indulge in emphasis and repetition, the common and useful devices of the class-room. My hope is that these characteristics will not be unwelcome in the printed page.

To what extent the contents of the volume are new and of value to the serious student of the period covered, it is impossible for me to say. I am inclined to think that the lectures have some novelty and usefulness because they bring out the relationship between political philosophy and constitutional achievement; and the very emphasis to which I have just referred may be valuable; it is customarily difficult for a reader or a student to find his way through a tangle of his-

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