Westmont Leadership Lecture Series: Jack Rakove

By Westmont College (other events)

Friday, February 5 2016 12:00 PM 2:00 PM

Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams and Madison:  The Moral Vision of America’s Founding

Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe professor of history and American studies and professor of political science and (by courtesy) law at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1980. His book Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History, the 1997 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award, and the 1998 Society of the Cincinnati Book Prize.

His other books include: The Beginnings of National Politics: An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress; James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic; Declaring Rights: A Brief History with Documents; The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence: and Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America, a finalist for the George Washington Prize.

He has edited several books on topics such as the Constitution and the Federalist Papers and published numerous op-ed articles in major newspapers. A consultant and expert witness in several cases involving 18th century Indian land claims in New York, he has written four amicus curiae briefs for the Supreme Court, including one cited in D.C. v. Heller (2008), the leading Second Amendment case. He graduated from Haverford College, studied at the University of Edinburgh and earned a doctorate in history at Harvard.