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February 19, 2015


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Michael Risch

In 1817, Wirt reports that the speech was not transcribed, but that those present remember clearly those words, as they ended the speech. I'd post a link to the book, but that would put me in the spam filter.

I don't know if that's been debunked since, but I don't think it's fiction to use that account of the speech in a history class.

Michael Risch

Trying the link separately:
p. 123

Orin Kerr

If it's published by the Yale Law library, it must be true:

Michael Risch

OK, nevermind - I see the view that Wirt made it up. Still worthy of studying, but I get the point that the type of study changes...

Al Brophy

Sure thing, Michael -- it's worth studying for what it says about how Americans in the nineteenth century thought about their history. At some point we'll be using this list of documents for what it says about how some people in the early 21st century conceptualized history, too!

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