Dialogue on Amar and Consensus Founding History

Nice. My series of longish posts on Akhil Reed Amar’s talk on the Jacksonian Constitution inspired some riffing of his own from Dr. Kenneth Owen, visiting assistant professor this year at Ohio University, at his blog, The Committee of Observation and Inspection. Owen adds some support, from his own research and point of view, to my critique of Amar, and he dissents from some of my conclusions about the overturning of John Dickinson’s elected Pennsylvania assembly in the spring and summer of 1776.

I’ll respond to Owen’s ideas about the scene in 1776 Philadelphia in a later post, and/or in a comment on his blog. But the thing that’s nice is to have informed discussion of these issues getting around online history circles.

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