21. A Union Without Power
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21. A Union Without Power

Today’s lecture basically is titled “A Union Without Power.” In past years I’ve titled it, “Powers — “Problems of the Confederation,” and you’ll see why, by the end of the lecture. On Tuesday I started to talk about the larger question of the legacy of the Revolution and the process of governance, and I started […]

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October 2nd: Bill of Rights Ratification
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October 2nd: Bill of Rights Ratification

On Oct. 2, 1789, twelve articles went to the states for ratification. A contentious debate raged between the Federalists, who opposed the articles, and the Anti-Federalists who supported them. Ten of the articles were ratified by the necessary three-fourths of states by December of that year. These ten became what we now call the Bill […]

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22. The Road to a Constitutional Convention
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22. The Road to a Constitutional Convention

Prof: Coming in to the home stretch. We’re moving towards the Constitution; it’s kind of amazing, kind of weird. And so, as a matter of fact, that’s what we’re going to be doing with today’s lecture, which is going to get us on the road to the Federal Convention. Now just a quick review before […]

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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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How the Constitution is Organized
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How the Constitution is Organized

The Constitution is organized into three main parts; the Preamble, the Articles, and the Amendments. When it was written in 1787 it only took up several large pages, but the best way to think about its organization, is by comparing it to a book. The Preamble is like an introduction. The Articles are like chapters […]

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