The U.S. Constitution: Rough Drafts and Ratification (HIS2139.01)

Eileen Scully

The United States Constitution began as a idea and a rough draft. Indeed, when first presented to delegates at the Philadelphia Convention, the draft was a proposed treaty among thirteen erstwhile British colonies. In this seven-week seminar, we delve into the pivotal events, people, and debates that produced the final draft. We go on to explore the year-long ratification battle that transformed the Framers’ final draft into an enduring, singular┬ácivil covenant. Those ratification debates were quintessentially American, a mix and match of sacred and profane,┬átreatises and trinkets, high-minded and underhanded. Weekly readings include primary documents,┬ácontemporary newspapers, and historical commentary. Written work is varied and weekly.

This course is offered during the first seven weeks of the term.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 2
T 2:10pm - 4:00pm; F 2:10pm - 4:00pm (first seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 25
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