Citizen Founders: Americans Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

WED, FEB 9, 2011 (44:28)

Pauline Maier, one the premiere historians of the American Revolution, explores the state conventions that ratified the new U.S. Constitution after it was drafted and proposed by the Federal Convention in Philadelphia. Maier focuses on the politics of ratification in the 18th Century and James Madison’s statement that the state conventions breathed ‘life and vitality’ into the Constitution, transforming it from a mere document to a set of governing principles embraced by a young nation. Maier, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History at MIT, has written numerous books, including American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence, which was named by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as one of the best 11 books of 1997.

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