The narrative of constitutional history usually takes a great leap forward from the ratification of the Constitution in 1788 to John Marshall's tenure as Chief Justice, beginning in 1801, and then treats the Supreme Court decisions of the next two decades as an updated version of the Federalist Papers.
Kutler, Stanley I.
"A Sword for a Scabbard: Reflections on the Making of the Judiciary of 1789,"
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