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The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution
by Eric Slauter
University of Chicago Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-226-76195-4 | Paper: 978-0-226-76196-1
Library of Congress Classification KF4550.S57 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 342.73029

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

The founding of the United States after the American Revolution was so deliberate, so inspired, and so monumental in scope that the key actors considered this new government to be a work of art framed from natural rights. Recognizing the artificial nature of the state, these early politicians believed the culture of a people should inform the development of their governing rules and bodies. Eric Slauter explores these central ideas in this extensive and novel account of the origins and meanings of the Constitution of the United States. Slauter uncovers the hidden cultural histories upon which the document rests, highlights the voices of ordinary people, and considers how the artifice of the state was challenged in its effort to sustain inalienable natural rights alongside slavery and to achieve political secularization at a moment of growing religious expression.


A complement to classic studies of the Constitution’s economic, ideological, and political origins, The State as a Work of Art sheds new light on the origins of the Constitution and on ongoing debates over its interpretation.


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