“Our Forgotten Constitution: A Bicentennial Comment," 97 Yale Law Journal 281 (1987)
This is a story about the Constitution that begins with some rather shocking facts: The parchment that all of us-practitioners, judges, scholars- have been using for the last century as the definitive copy of the supreme law of the land, is not. The handwritten, handsigned document enshrined in the National Archives and reprinted everywhere was never ratified by "We the People of the United States." Even the Senate is on record as acknowledging that this revered document has virtually no legal significance. No kidding.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Amar, Akhil Reed, "Our Forgotten Constitution: A Bicentennial Comment" (1987). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 1020.