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  • Congressional Forum Focuses on the Future of the Electoral College
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    Electoral College

    House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) hosted a forum with other Democratic members ib the possibility of replacing the Electoral College in favor of the popular vote.…

  • Interpreting the US Constitution
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    Interpreting the U.S. Constitution

    Jack Rakove talked about different approaches to interpreting the U.S. Constitution. He is the author of several books, including Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the…

  • Bill of Rights Creation and Ratification
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    Bill of Rights Creation and Ratification

    Historians and authors talked about the state of the new nation after the U.S. constitution’s ratification and the debate over adding a Bill of Rights. They also spoke about how Congress…

  • Scope of the Reconstruction Amendments
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    Scope of the Reconstruction Amendments

    Historians and legal scholars talked about the original intent and scope of the 13th and 14th Amendments. These were ratified during the Reconstruction era and dealt with rights for freed…

  • Discussion on the Constitutional Convention of 1787
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    Constitutional Convention of 1787

    Professor Jack Rakove talked about some of the issues debated during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, such as the number of representatives for each state and the method of presidential…

  • James Madison and the Constitution
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    James Madison and the Constitution

    Jack Rakove talked about James Madison’s role in the creation of the Constitution. He also spoke about James Madison’s arguments in the Federalist papers he co-published with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.…

  • Revolutionary War Panel
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    Revolutionary War Panel

    Two authors talked about their books about the founding of America in conversation with Gary Johnson. T.H. Breen is the author of American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the…

  • emRevolutionariesem
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    Jack Rakove talked about his book Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), which explores how the nation came to be and why the idea of…

  • Judicial Independence
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    Judicial Independence

    Mr. DeGioia and Mr. Traynor gave opening remarks at a conference titled “Fair and Independent Courts: A Conference on the State of the Judiciary.” Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke…