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These brief comments were presented in May 2014 at a panel in honor of the late Professor Pauline Maier (including Mary Beth Norton, Gordon Wood, Bernard Bailyn, Robert Martello, and Mary Sarah Bilder). Professor Bilder proposed three areas for future work in the framing era: (1) reconsidering the conception of the “state”; (2) exploring continuities in governance practices as well as formal constitutional change to explain the rapid embrace of the new constitutional system; (3) relocating American development within a larger global narrative in which 1776 or 1787 do not begin or end the story, and the thirteen colonies are not the northern and southern boundaries.

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