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01/05/2022

The Year in Review: Top 10 Originalism-Oriented Books of 2021
Michael Ramsey

Continuing an Originalism Blog tradition, here are 10 of last year's leading books of originalist interest, as featured on this blog (my subjective assessment).  (See here for the 2020 list).

Akhil Reed Amar (Yale), The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840 (Basic Books)

Stuart Banner (UCLA), The Decline of Natural Law: How American Lawyers Once Used Natural Law and Why They Stopped (Oxford University Press)

Randy E. Barnett (Georgetown) & Evan Bernick (Northern Illinois), The Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment: Its Letter and Spirit (Harvard University Press)

Donald L. Drakeman (Notre Dame), The Hollow Core of Constitutional Theory: Why We Need the Framers (Cambridge University Press)

Jamal Greene (Columbia), How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart (Mariner Books)

Kurt T. Lash (Richmond), ed., The Reconstruction Amendments: The Essential Documents (2 vols.) (University of Chicago Press)

Kate Masur (Northwestern), "Until Justice Be Done": America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction (W.W. Norton)

James E. Pfander (Northwestern), Cases Without Controversies: Uncontested Adjudication in Article III Courts (Oxford University Press)

Robert J. Steinfield (Buffalo), “To Save the People from Themselves”: The Emergence of American Judicial Review and the Transformation of Constitutions (Cambridge University Press)

Gordon S. Wood (Brown), Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution (Oxford University Press)

 I'm sure I've missed some important candidates, so I invite reader nominations.

ADDED:  At City Journal, Stone Washington: The New Old Originalism?: A legal scholar argues for resuscitating the search for original intent (reviewing the book noted above by Donald Drakeman).