Madison Club

The Origins of American Sovereignty

by Professor John Kaminski


At noon on September 10, at the Madison Club, John Kaminski, a distinguished historian who has spoken to the Dane County Bar Association on many occasions over the past two decades, will return to speak on “The Origins of American Sovereignty.”   His presentation will explain how the American Revolution arose from a debate over sovereignty between Great Britain and her colonies in America, and how the success of the Revolution gave rise to new debates over sovereignty within the new nation.

Mr. Kaminski received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972 and founded the Center for Study of the American Constitution in 1981. The Center has since published 24 volumes of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution under his direction. In addition, he is a prolific writer who has authored or co-authored a large number of biographies, topical studies and scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects related to the era of the American Revolution. 

His other work includes biographies of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, George Clinton, the Marquis de Lafayette and Abigail Adams, as well as topical studies on the subjects of slavery, the debates between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, and the drafting and ratification of the Bill of Rights.