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Mellon All-Claremont Professor of Humanities at the Claremont Colleges, has written extensively on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. His book on the origins of the Fifth Amendment won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969, and he is editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. JOYCE APPLEBY, a former student of Douglass Adair, is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her latest book is Capitalism and a New Social Order: The Republican Vision of the 1970's.

Except for those occasional moments when constitutional law is applied to intricate legal cases in our courts, this oldest written instrument of government is simply celebrated. There are no twentieth-century Anti-Federalists (opponents of the Constitution). Indeed, political debate in this country frequently is characterized by both sides of a controversy claiming sanction from the Constitution. It is secular Holy Writ for Americans. This undoubtedly would have pleased the Founders, but surely they would have us celebrate such an extraordinary birthday by probing the concerns, political views, and solutions upon which they cogitated two centuries ago and consider how these measure up to the issues, problems, and challenges of our own Page xiv time.

He supports his position with historical evidence and a subtle examination of the epistemology of the founding Page xviii documents, maintaining that we and Meese must look to the Declaration and not the Constitution to learn the original intent of the Founders. Summing up those themes invariably at the base of his scholarly labors, JAMES MACGREGOR BURNS stresses that the constitutional system has serious flaws and deficiencies in light of the enormous anticipated pressures of the next one hundred to two hundred years.

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