GOV 384N • Historical Adoption of the Constitution
3:30 PM-6:00 PM
After some training exercises, students will write a 20-25 page paper testing some interesting theory about the 1787-1788 history of the adoption the U.S. Constitution, primarily against the original documents now available and searchable on the web. The class will read Jack Rakove's Pultizer winning Original Meanings and the professor's own Righteous Anger at the Wicked States: The Meaning of the Founders' Constitution. Enrollment is open to Law, History, and Political Science graduate students. An important point of the seminar will be the discovery that lawyers, historians and political scientists consider very different kinds of theories to be interesting.