The Constitution Goes Public: Politics and the Ratification Debate -- Todd Estes (Oakland University) reviews Jürgen Heideking, The Constitution before the Judgment Seat: The Prehistory and Ratification of the American Constitution, 1787–1791 (John P. Kaminski and Richard Leffler, eds.) (University of Virginia Press, 2012).
The Inventor’s Dilemma—The Confederate Version -- William G. Thomas (University of Nebraska, Lincoln) reviews H. Jackson Knight, Confederate Invention: The Story of the Confederate States Patent Office and Its Inventors (Louisiana State University Press).
Social Reform through Social Exclusion --Thomas J. Humphrey (Cleveland State University) reviews Craig Calhoun, The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, The Public Sphere, and Early Nineteenth-Century Social Movements (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and Michele Lise Tarter and Richard Bell, eds., Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America (University of Georgia Press, 2012).
The Many Faces of Judicial Independence -- Charles Zelden (Nova Southeastern University) reviews Jed Handelsman Shugerman, The People’s Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America (Harvard University Press, 2012).