Legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar’s new book, The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840, has been hailed as one of the most important constitutional histories of this generation. Uniting law and history, Professor Amar’s book explores the passionate arguments at the center of the American Republic from 1760 to 1840, using the words of the people who participated in them.

In this unique seminar, co-taught by Professor Amar and AEI scholar Adam White, fellows will revisit some of the biggest constitutional questions early Americans confronted and evaluate the statesmen – Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison, among others – who framed our constitutional conversation.

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Akhil Reed Amar Discusses His New Book.


Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. He is Yale’s only currently active professor to have won the University’s unofficial triple crown — the Sterling Chair for scholarship, the DeVane Medal for teaching, and the Lamar Award for alumni service. His latest and most ambitious book, The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840, came out in May 2021. He has recently launched a weekly podcast, Amarica’s Constitution.

Adam J. White

Adam J. White is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on American constitutionalism. Concurrently, he codirects the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

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