Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution
Historian Woody Holton talked about his book Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, published by Hill and Wang. He contends that the Constitution was drafted by a group of elites that created a far more radical document than they intended only because they were afraid that the middle class farmers would not rarify it. Professor Holton talked about issues for the farmers such as repaying the war debt to bond speculators such as Abigail Adams and controversy over the size of electoral districts. Woody Holton discussed his book, which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award for non-fiction, at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston series of lunch time sessions to discuss ongoing research and recent publications moderated by Conrad Wright. Mr. Holton responded to questions from members of the audience. close
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Woody Holton Assistant Professor University of Richmond->History Department
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