Few people realize that an important Revolutionary War veteran (of the War for Independence of the USA from Britain) was St. George Tucker, and he also wrote a commentary and introduction to Blackstone:
200 years ago, most literate Americans were familiar with Blackstone. This made “civic nationalism” work very well, even though Americans did not share an ethnicity.
(This has been a pre-scheduled post. If I’m not approving comments, that means I haven’t reconnected to the Internet yet.)