Pauline Maier RIP

I wanted to note with sadness the death of Professor Pauline Maier today.  Professor Maier was a distinguished American historian who did fabulous work in books on the Declaration of Independence and on the ratification of the Constitution.  She was also a generous colleague.  We exchanged several emails over the past year about my draft article on the Bill of Rights and about Bingham, as her next project was on the history of the Bill of Rights.  Although she did not know me at all, she gave me wonderful comments and shared her excitement about her next book.  Alas, now it will not be written.



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4 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    That’s too bad. I recently read Joseph Ellis’ recent book on 1776 and she was one of the small group entrusted to read over his draft. Her scholarship is appreciated.

  2. Shag from Brookline says:

    The role of true historians, legal and otherwise, is to avoid taking sides, avoid biases. This contrasts with “law office history” that is fostered by the legal adversarial system. Prof. Maier’s works, especially on the ratification of the Constitution, were informative and true, not judgmental, in the elusive search for original meaning.

  3. Igor says:

    I just read Pauline Maier’s wonderful book on Ratification this year. I thought it was one of the best history books I have ever read. This is very sad. 🙁

  4. JAD says:

    I just wanted to join in expressing my sadness in the loss of Professor Maier and my great admiration for her book on the ratification of the Constitution. It could easily have been sub-titled “The Making of the Constitution, Part Two” The three chapters covering the ratification in New York State were worth their weigth in gold.