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Prof. Steven C. Bullock Focuses on the U.S. Constitution

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Professor Guest-Edits Award Winning E-Journal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/July 4, 2002
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WORCESTER, Mass. - July 4, 2002 - Have you ever read the U.S. Constitution? Can you sing its preamble? Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) History Professor Steven C. Bullock knows that Americans love the country's founding document, but few people know much about it.

Prof. Bullock recently served as guest-editor of a series of articles on "The Uses and Abuses of the Constitution" for Common-place, an award winning web-magazine that provides a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture - www.common-place.org He was responsible for coming up with a list of potential authors, soliciting their articles and creating the roundtable section of the magazine.

The Roundatable Discussion in the July 2002 special on the U.S. Constitution includes articles presenting differing perspectives on hotly debated topics including the original intent of the second amendment and the role of the Electoral College in the post Bush vs. Gore age.

"The Common-place pieces ask readers to reconsider the relationship between history and politics," said Prof. Bullock. "The issue features articles by Pulitzer prize winning Stanford historian Jack Rakove, University of Pennsylvania scientist Rogers Smith, and National Archives curators Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Kitty Nicholson. The journal tries to be a bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, and a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, so it includes many points of view," said Bullock. "The issue also includes a provocative essay on CliffNotes' study guides to the Constitution and American history, as well as the reflections of a National Park Service ranger on guiding tourists through Independence Hall in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11."

Prof. Bullock Prof. Bullock is the author of Revolutionary Brotherhood, an examination of the early history of American Freemasonry. His forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, The American Revolution: A History in Documents, is scheduled to be released later this year. He has taught at WPI since 1989.

About Common-place

The web magazine Common-place was founded in 1999 by Jill Lepore, an associate professor of history at Boston University; and Jane Kamensky, an associate professor of history at Brandeis University. The publication is sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) of Worcester, Massachusetts and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) in New York City, which formed a partnership to support the publication of this pre-twentieth century American history magazine. The editorial board of Common-place is comprised of notable historians including David W. Blight, Gary Nash and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. See www.common-place.org.

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