Our Peculiar Security: The Written Constitution and Limited Government

Gary L. McDowell, University of Richmond

Co-editors: Eugene W. Hickok Jr. & Philip J. Costopoulos


The essays contained in this volume begin with the assumption that it is significant that ours is a written constitution. In this way, the collection is more at home with the political thought of Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall than with much of contemporary scholarship. For, like Marshall in Marbury v. Madison (1803), the authors here believe that a written constitution is one of the greatest improvements on political institutions.