Jack N. Rakove

Jack N. Rakove is an American historian, author, and professor known for his expertise on the American Revolution and the early years of the United States of America. He won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1997 for his book 'Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution.' Rakove is a professor at Stanford University and has written extensively on American constitutional history.


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  1. 1. Original Meanings

    This book delves into the political history of the United States, examining the original intent of the Founding Fathers when drafting the Constitution. The author scrutinizes the debates, disagreements, and compromises that shaped the formation of the Constitution, aiming to dispel the notion of a unified vision by the Founding Fathers. Instead, it presents the Constitution as a dynamic, evolving document, shaped by a variety of opinions and interests.