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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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    Life Portrait of James Madison

    In the fourth in a series on American presidents, James Madison’s life and career were discussed. Mr. Rakove talked about Madison’s childhood and his education. He took calls from viewers. Ms.…

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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…

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    James Madison's Thinking

    Jack Rakove reviewed James Madison’s political career and how his thinking and philosophies developed over time. He also talked about the role of James Madison on the creation of the constitution and the compromises involved.…

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    Revolutionaries

    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…

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    James Madison: Writings

    Mr. Rakove spoke about the book he edited James Madison: Writings, published by the Library of America. The book is a collection of letters, speeches, and essays from the fourth president. Mr. Rakove read excerpts from…

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    Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson

    The panel discussed the relationship between Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. Topics included the social implications of interracial sex in the 18th century, Jefferson’s family, and his…

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    Original Meanings

    Professor Rakove talked about his new book, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution, published by Knopf. The book won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for history and…

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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…

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    The Founding Fathers and Federalism

    Scholars and authors participated in a forum titled, “Federalism Symposium: A Conversation with Scholars on Our Founding Fathers.” Mr. Will was the facilitator.

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    Historical Impeachment Review, Pt. 3

    Subcommittee members heard testimony from a second panel of legal experts on the history and interpretation of impeachment.

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    Impeachment Inquiry

    Professors McDonald and Rakove discussed the history of the impeachment process. They were scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the constitution. They responded…

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    Religion and the Constitution

    This is one session from a larger conference hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on “The Spirit of the Constitution.” Panelists in this session responded to the question “Does the…

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    Inside the Constitution

    Professor Jack Rakove talked about the Constitution and its short comings.

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