Week 4

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitution was debated behind closed doors, but Madison's notes give us access to what happened. What was going on here? Do you see this as a struggle over the nature of democracy? over the divide between the rich and the poor? or is something else happening?

Monday

What do the debates tell us about what mattered to the Founding Fathers? How does this change traditional narratives?

Larson and Winship, The Constitutional Convention, 54-103

Wednesday

What mattered more—interests, ideology, or pragmatism?
Larson and Winship, The Constitutional Convention, 103-156

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