Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Constitution and Its Worshippers

Jill Lepore, The New Yorker
It is written in an elegant, clerical hand, on four sheets of parchment, each two feet wide and a bit more than two feet high, about the size of an eighteenth-century newspaper but finer, and made not from the pulp of plants but from the hide of an animal. Some of the ideas it contains reach across ages and oceans, to antiquity; more were, at the time, newfangled. “We the People,” the first three words of the preamble, are giant and Gothic: they slant left, and, because most of the rest of the words slant right, the writing zigzags. It took four months to debate and to...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/01/11/the_constitution_and_its_worshippers_248565.html

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