Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution

Finalist, National Book Awards 2007 for Nonfiction

Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution by Woody Holton book cover, 2007
ISBN 9780809080618
Hill and Wang/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Woody Holton author photo, 2007
Woody Holton

Woody Holton is an associate professor at the University of Richmond, where he teaches early American history, and his previous book, Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia, garnered much praise from the academic community. More about this author >

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Altering what we think we know of the Constitution’s origins, Holton tells the history of the average Americans who challenged the framers of the Constitution and forced on them the revisions that produced the document we now venerate. 

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