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The Constitution in Congress: The Federalist Period, 1789-1801
by David P. Currie
University of Chicago Press, 1997
Cloth: 978-0-226-13114-6 | Paper: 978-0-226-13115-3
Library of Congress Classification KF4541.C834 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 342.73029

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In the most thorough examination to date, David P. Currie analyzes from a legal perspective the work of the first six congresses and of the executive branch during the Federalist era, with a view to its significance for constitutional interpretation. He concludes that the original understanding of the Constitution was forged not so much in the courts as in the legislative and executive branches, an argument of crucial importance for scholars in constitutional law, history, and government.

"A joy to read."—Appellate Practive Journal and Update

"[A] patient and exemplary analysis of the work of the first six Congresses."—Geoffrey Marshall, Times Literary Supplement

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