The Year of Pride and Praise, 67 B.U. L. REV. 783 (1987)
This is the year for pride and for praise. Gladstone said it was "the most
wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of
man." When one is young, one smiles indulgently at such hyperbole; what
an old windbag that Gladstone was! I got a little older, and one wise day I
asked myself, "Alright, if not the American Constitution, then what is the
most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the human mind and
will?" I'm still asking. I haven't been sleeping with the Constitution at my
bedside; it's just across the room. But I may move it closer, where I can stir
and touch it during the night, just to remind myself, in these of all times, that
fifty-five American people, in about a hundred days, could create such a
thing, without even hurrying.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Black, Charles L. Jr., "The Year of Pride and Praise" (1987). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 2536.