Landmark Events Leading to the Constitution
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Landmark Events Leading to the Constitution

While in hindsight the American Revolutionary War and eventual Constitution seem like a sequence of neat, well planned events, in reality the Constitution was the product of many years of effort on the part of an incalculable number of individuals. Today we will study a sampling of these events and people by taking a look […]

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23. Creating a Constitution
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23. Creating a Constitution

Prof: Before we begin, I have to make a true confession to you, my class, because you’re my class, and I have been confessing things all semester but this is– I basically set myself up for this failure and then realized– at the end of the class someone came up to me and asked me […]

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24. Creating a Nation
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24. Creating a Nation

Prof: On Thursday, I gave the world’s most condensed lecture about the Constitution, and I mentioned three controversies that represented long-standing concerns in Revolutionary America: the question of representation, the problem of slavery, and then the question of a national executive– so that really boils down to the problem of investing power in one man. […]

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The Federalists versus the Anti-Federalists
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The Federalists versus the Anti-Federalists

In September of 1787 the Constitution was complete and ready for ratification; almost, gratification means to make something official by signing it, or voting for it and to ratify the Constitution and make it the Supreme Law of the Land, nine of the thirteen states had to approve of it, in the end; it took […]

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