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Friday June 17- "The Making and Debating of the Federal Constitution of 1787" - Gordon Wood
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By James Dudley, June 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

This seminar will deal with the framing of the federal Constitution of 1787 and the debates it engendered. This will involve not only the particular ideas and deliberations of the major leaders, such as James Madison, in the period leading up to the Convention but also the larger and more important changes that were taking place in the Americans’ conception of representation. By the time of the ratification debates, both the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists had come to focus on this issue of representation. These debates, in turn, fundamentally altered Americans’ theoretical understanding of politics.

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Lee Trepanier on Jun 18, 2011 at 7:41 am

This debate continues today in public policy, like affirmative action, in determing what constitutes proper representation. Understanding this debate at the founding will help us understand these issues today.

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James Dudley
James Dudley

I finished my BA in History and Political Science at Villanova University in 2008.  I am a recent Navy veteran, and am currently on the staff of ISI.