Liberty Fund Seminars: Liberty and the Constitution: The Massachusetts Ratifying Convention

A Co-Sponsored Program of the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University and Liberty Fund, Inc.

Omni Parker House (Boston, Massachusetts)

March 16-18, 2012

Reading List and Reading Packet

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SESSION I: The Anti-Federalist Critique of the Constitution

  • George Mason, “Objections to the Constitution, October 1787.” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (2 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 7-8 in Reader)
  • “Centinel I, October 5, 1787,” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (6 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 9-14 in Reader)
  • “Federal Farmer I, October 8, 1787,” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (5 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 15-19 in Reader)
  • “Federal Farmer IV, October 12, 1787,” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (2 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 20-21 in Reader)
  • “Brutus I, October 18, 1787,” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (7 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 22-28 in Reader)
  • “Brutus II, November 1, 1787,” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (4 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 29-32 in Reader)
  • “Brutus III, November 17, 1787,” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (4 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 33-36 in Reader)
  • “Brutus V, December 13, 1787,” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (4 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 37-40 in Reader)
  • “Agrippa VII, December 18, 1787,” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (2 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 41-42 in Reader)
  • “Brutus XI, January 31, 1788,”Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (4 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 43-46 in Reader)
  • “Brutus XV, March 20, 1788,” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (4 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 47-50 in Reader)

SESSION II: The Federalist Defense of the Constitution, Part I

  • James Wilson, “State House Speech, October 6, 1787.” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. (accessed April 5, 2010). (2 pages from TeachingAmericanHistory.org). (Pages 52-53 in Reader)
  • Carey, George W. and James McClellan, eds. The Federalist, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.
  • Number 1, Alexander Hamilton’s “Introduction” (pages 1-4)
  • Number 9, Alexander Hamilton’s “The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard against Domestic Faction and Insurrection” (pages 37-41)
  • Number 10, James Madison’s “The same Subject continued” (pages 42-49)
  • Number 37, James Madison’s “Concerning the difficulties which the convention must have experienced in the formation of a proper plan” (pages 179-185)
  • Number 39, James Madison’s “The conformity of the plan to republican principles” (pages 193-199)
  • Number 45, James Madison’s “A further discussion of the supposed danger from the powers of the union, to the state governments” (pages 237-242)
  • Number 51, James Madison’s “The same subject continued, with the same view, and concluded” (pages 267-272). Page(s): 1-4, 37-41, 42-49, 179-185, 193-199, 237-242, 267-272. (Book)

SESSION III: The Federalist Defense of the Constitution, Part II

  • Carey, George W. and James McClellan, eds. The Federalist, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.
  • Number 55, James Madison’s “The same subject continued, in relation to the total number of the body” (pages 286-291)
  • Number 63, James Madison’s “A further view of the constitution of the senate in regard to the duration of the appointment of its members” (pages 325-332)
  • Number 71, Alexander Hamilton’s “The same view continued in regard to the duration of the office” (pages 369-373)
  • Number 72, Alexander Hamilton’s “The same view continued, in regard to the re-eligibility of the president” (pages 374-378)
  • Number 83, Alexander Hamilton’s “A further view of the judicial department, in relation to the trial by jury” (pages 430-442)
  • Number 85, Alexander Hamilton’s “Conclusion” (pages 452-458). (Book)

SESSION IV: The Struggle over Ratification: Massachusetts

SESSION V: Critical States in the Struggle over Ratification: Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York

SESSION VI: The Development of the Bill of Rights

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