The Creation of the Constitution: Scholarship at a Standstill

  title={The Creation of the Constitution: Scholarship at a Standstill},
  author={James H. Hutson},
  journal={Reviews in American History},
  • J. Hutson
  • Published 1 December 1984
  • History
  • Reviews in American History
The historiography of the creation of the Constitution furnishes a vivid example of how contemporary events can influence the writing of history. At intervals from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, partisans of such political reform movements as abolitionism and progressivism, frustrated in their objectives by the Constitution or by the Supreme Court's interpretation of it, investigated the document's origins and produced accounts which influenced at times, dominated the… 

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