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Steven R. Boyd, Professor of History, received a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Boyd teaches courses in the American Revolution and the Law and American Society. These courses provide students with a basis for subsequent comparative work on revolutions, law, and social development in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His early research, which examined the contract clause of the Constitution and the Whiskey Rebellion, addressed the question of why by 1789 the Constitution had been accepted as the basis for governance within the United States. In Alternative Constitutions for the United States, Dr. Boyd expanded the temporal focus of his interest in the durability of the Constitution against all challengers. His more recent work focuses on the place of the Constitution in American culture more broadly by examining the perceptions of the Constitution in American utopian novels in the late nineteenth century and by studying attitudes and ideas about the Constitution as expressed on Civil War Patriotic Envelopes at the outset of the Civil War. That latter focus is part of a larger book length study of popular attitudes in the North and South about the Constitution, the rule of law, and why men and women in both regions fought and supported their respective governments.

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