This seminar is designed to analyze the main arguments set forth in print during the crucial years of 1787-1788 concerning the adoption of the newly proposed Constitution of the United States. Through a close reading of the primary source material we will attempt to identify the most important principles that animated the participants in the discussion, including the fundamental assumptions therein about the political order and human nature. These texts have an authority of their own in connection with the great debate over ratification, and yet have an enduring quality that makes them not only useful but essential guides to understanding the development of political action and discourse over the subsequent centuries in American history and beyond.
Attend this program and the two others in this three-day sequence and be eligible to earn 1 graduate credit in American History and Government (AHG) from Ashland University, with a $200 fee and completion of an additional assignment. This credit is transferrable to any university or can be used as part of the Master of Arts in American History and Government program from AU. Details will be sent to all registrants, along with information on how to register for this additional opportunity.
Discussion Leader: Dr. Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics at Ashland University
Registration: 8:00 am