Monday, January 2, 2012

Klarman on Pauline Meier's Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution

A review of Pauline Maier's book, Ratification (Simon & Schuster, 2010) by Michael J. Klarman (Harvard-Law) is available here.  The review appears in the December, 2011 issue of the Harvard Law Review. Here's an excerpt:
Pauline Maier’s Ratification is one of the best books ever written about the American Founding. The publication of twenty-one volumes of the Documentary History of the Ratification of the American Constitution has enabled her to tell the story of ratification in greater detail than one might have thought possible, and Maier is a masterful storyteller.
courtesy of MIT
You'll find an earlier post noting Professor Maier's (MIT--history) discussion of her work on C-Span's BookTV here.  Professor Maier will receive the 2012 Littleton-Griswold Prize in American Law and Society for Ratification at the 126th annual meeting of American Historical Association in Chicago later this week (according to a November, 2011 announcement).