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September 27, 2005

Press Contact:
Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.

Symposium: Calvin Johnson's Righteous Anger at the Wicked States:
The Meaning of the Founders' Constitution

What: Symposium to discuss Righteous Anger at the Wicked States : The Meaning of the Founders' Constitution.
Location and Time: Thurs., Oct. 27 from 3:30–5:00; Fri., Oct. 28 from 1:00–5:00 pm. All panel discussions will be held in the Eidman Courtroom, UT Law.
Who:The event is free and the public is invited.

AUSTIN, Texas — Nationally prominent historians, political scientists, and legal scholars will discuss Professor Calvin Johnson's Righteous Anger at the Wicked States (Cambridge University Press, 2005) at a symposium on October 28, 2005. The scheduled speakers include:

About the book

Righteous Anger at the Wicked States is an explanation of the Constitution in terms of what the Founders were trying to accomplish. Johnson argues that the most pressing need to adopt the U.S. Constitution was to allow the federal government to tax to pay off the debts of the common defense. The Constitution went far beyond the immediate fiscal needs, however, to create a supreme, three-part national government. The book argues that the Founders' anger at the states for their duty to the united cause explains both critical steps and the driving impetus for the Revolution.

According to Professor H. Jefferson Powell of Duke University School of Law, "Calvin Johnson has written "an intellectually honest, incredibly erudite description of the Constitution as an intensely nationalist instrument … A fine achievement and a sophisticated book"

Johnson's thesis has been debated in panels at Yale, NYU and the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, Independence Mall, Philadelphia.

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