In written celebration of Kent Newmyer’s intellectual and collegial influence, this essay argues that the written constitution was an emerging genre in 1787-1789. Discussions of the Constitution and constitutional interpretation often rest on a set of assumptions about the Constitution that arose in the years and decades after the constitutional Convention. The most significant one involves the belief that a fixed written document was drafted in 1787 intended in our modern sense as A Constitution. This fundamental assumption is historically inaccurate. The following reflections of a constitutionalist first lay out the argument for considering the Constitution as an emerging genre and then turn to Kent Newmyer’s important influence.--Dan Ernst
Monday, June 8, 2020
Bilder on Newmyer and the Constitution's "Heroic Age"
Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College Law School, has written The Emerging Genre of The Constitution: Kent Newmyer and the Heroic Age, which is forthcoming in the Connecticut Law Review. Professor Bilder delivered it last November art the symposium, Celebrating Kent Newmyer.