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University of Oklahoma: National and State Authority under the Constitution

April 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Founding fathers

On April 6, 2022, the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage will host Max Edling for a talk based on his recent book, Perfecting the Union: National and State Authority in the United States.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
University of Oklahoma

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Max Edling is a Professor of Early American History at King’s College London. He is an expert on the American founding and the early United States. He is the author of three books: A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State (2003); A Hercules in the Cradle: War, Money, and the American State 1783-1867 (2014); and Perfecting the Union: National and State Authority in the US Constitution (2021).

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Established in 2009, the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage has grown into a vibrant national center for the study of the American Constitution. It incorporates over thirty affiliated faculty across the University, four of whom are permanently based in Classics and Letters. The notion of constitutional heritage reflects the Institute’s broad approach to the Constitution in all its aspects, including the development of civil rights in American history and the relevance of the Constitution to contemporary debates over justice and freedom. The Letters major is OU’s premier interdisciplinary humanities program and has been an integral part of the College of Arts and Sciences at OU since 1937, attracting outstanding students with interests in history, philosophy, and literature. The concentration in Constitutional Studies has become a cornerstone of the Letters major; hundreds of students have been taught and mentored in the area since its inception, with many alumni attending elite law schools and graduate programs across the country.

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