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Original Methods Originalism Best Defends the Classical Liberal Constitution: A Response to Epstein

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We are grateful to Richard Epstein for taking the time to reply, but are disappointed that he attributes to us positions we do not hold, indeed ones that are the reverse of our positions. We will first clear up some

Founding Freedom: Self-Government and Slavery in America

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To recite the title of George William Van Cleve’s book, A Slaveholders’ Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic, is to beg the fundamental question regarding the American founding: did the framers of the constitution

Next on Liberty Law Talk: A Conversation with Gordon Lloyd on the American Founding and Slavery

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On the current podcast at Liberty Law Talk, I discuss with Gordon Lloyd the problem of slavery and the ratification of the Constitution. Much of the interview considers the historical scholarship that argues the Constitution is fundamentally compromised because

Understanding Slavery and the American Founding: A Conversation with Gordon Lloyd

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This new conversation in Liberty Law Talk is with Gordon Lloyd, a scholar of the American founding. Lloyd focuses on the debates in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the state constitutional ratifying conventions of 1788 in order to better