The U.S. Constitution as an Atlantic Document

  • Andrew Hamilton


Introduction: Does history really matter? As a historian, and more importantly as a teacher of history, I have become convinced of the need to raise this question in my introductory classes. Too often this fundamental query is left for upper-division “theory” courses, or never broached at all. At a certain point historians, like most of us I imagine, stop asking why we do what we do and just get on with doing it. But with history, the question of why we engage in it or whether it is worthwhile at all is absolutely vital.