"The issue that attracted the most attention revolved around the intellectual influences the Framers felt when they crafted the United States Constitution. The new curriculum standards require students to learn about the supposed influence of individuals such as Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, WILLIAM BLACKSTONE, and even Moses on 18th-century republican thought and the American founding."
How can one teach about or have a knowledgeable discussion of The U.S. Constitution and common law without learning about the influence of Sir William Blackstone?
I was unaware that he was so controversial especially since his "Commentaries on the Laws of England", are still cited regularly in Supreme Court decisions today and he influenced the Framers greatly.
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"William Searle Holdsworth, one of Blackstone's successors as Vinerian Professor, argued that "If the Commentaries had not been written when they were written, I think it very doubtful that [the United States], and other English speaking countries would have so universally adopted the common law." In the United States, the Commentaries influenced John Marshall, James Wilson, John Jay, John Adams, James Kent and Abraham Lincoln, and remain frequently cited in Supreme Court decisions."