Trevor Colbourn seeks to understand the intellectual world the Founders inhabited, in part, by compiling inventories of what they read.
Historians' ready embrace of Madison’s Hand calls into question their purported qualifications for understanding constitutional history.
If they are to maintain credibility with those who are not already sold on their views, originalists need to respect the discipline of history.
Lynn Uzzell teaches American politics and political theory at the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond. For four years she was the scholar in residence at James Madison's Montpelier.