Constitutional originalism is inextricably wedded to history. Nowhere in contemporary American life is history more relevant or important.
History has always mattered to the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution, but never more so than now thanks to the ascendance of the theory of constitutional originalism, which insists that the Constitution should be interpreted today in accordance with its original meaning. Where did originalism come from and how did it acquire such power? And given its emphasis on the historical past, how does this theory use and abuse history?