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The American Constitutional Tradition

CSF Founder Daniel J. Elazar argued that “while the idea of constitutionalism is quite ancient in the Western world and actual constitutions can be found as many as 3,000 years ago, constitution-making as we know it is a modern invention. Indeed, for all intents and purposes, it is an American invention.” Read the justification for this claim in Professor Elazar’s “The US Constitution and the American Tradition of Constitution Making’ from The Reluctant Pillar: New York and the Adoption of the Federal Constitution (pp. 3-15).