Commentaries on the Constitution

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    I have been listening to the audio for these lectures while at work. I heard one of the Professors mention the different commentaries on the Constitution and that you could get them free online. I have been looking for the one by John Taylor of Caroline and have not been able to find it. Can someone point me in the right direction or is there a central location that has these commentaries? Thank you.


    Taylor didn’t properly speaking write a commentary on the Constitution–that is, a clause-by-clause exegesis. However, he did write several important books on constitutional questions.


    Thank you for the clarification Prof. Gutzman. I also want to take the time to tell you that I found your book, James Madison & The Making of America, Very informative and very enjoyable.


    I’m glad to hear it. I hope you read the paperback, which has a new introductory essay entitled “James Madison and the American Ideal of Religious Liberty.” You’re welcome.


    It is the hard back copy. I Just ordered Virginia’s American revolution, Who killed the Constitution, and Brion’s book The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution. I look forward to reading them when they get here. I do have a question though. What Commentary on the Constitution would you recommend or Professor Brion which one would you recommend? Thank you.


    Abel P. Upshur’s A Brief Enquiry into the Nature and Character of our Federal Government is excellent and can be found for free online.


    Thank you Prof. McClanahan. I was able to find it and printed it off.


    If you read VAR carefully, you’ll find interesting material on Upshur and the 1829-30 convention that has never been mentioned anywhere else.


    “If you read VAR carefully….” You are asking much, at least from the academic establishment. Your last name is not Foner.

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