“The Great Interpreter” Appears in First Things

Just published, in the May issue of the magazine First Things, is a full-length feature article that Luke and I wrote, entitled “The Great Interpreter,” about the Civil War as an event of constitutional interpretation and about the centrality of President Abraham Lincoln to this war over constitutional meaning.

The article is adapted from Chapter 7 of The Constitution: An Introduction, which covers the constitutional history of the era of “Lincoln, the Civil War, and Reconstruction”.

We are tremendously pleased with this publication, both in its own right and as a way of introducing a large number of serious readers to our book! (We believe that First Things has in the neighborhood of 20,000 subscribers.)

The timing could not have been more perfect either: The magazine has a publication date of May 2015. But it actually arrived in readers mailboxes in early-mid-April, coinciding with the sesquicentennials of the end of the Civil War (with the surrender at Appomattox on April 9) and Lincoln’s assassination (April 14).

Here is a link to the article.

First Things is also hosting a lecture and book signing at their New York City headquarters, on Tuesday May 12, at 6:00 PM. I’ll do this one solo – Luke’s staying on the west coast for this one. It will be a brief lecture, followed by book signing and a wine and cheese reception. The address for First Things is 35 21st St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010. Our thanks to Editor-in-Chief R.R. Rusty Reno for accepting this article and working with us on it, as well as for inviting me to do the lecture / book signing. Our thanks to Denise Vaccaro at First Things for setting up the event at their headquarters.


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