Great American Texts: Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Sunday, July 22, 2007 to Friday, July 27, 2007 Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio Applications were due by February 15, 2007.

From May 25 to September 17, 1787, delegates from twelve of the thirteen independent United States of America met in the State House in Philadelphia deliberating in secret about “the situation of the United States” and considering what measures might be necessary to “render the Constitution of the federal government adequate to the exigencies of the Union.” The result of their deliberations was the Constitution of the United States that remains the supreme law of the land to this day. James Madison’s “Notes” are by far the best record we have of these deliberations. They are one of the most authoritative records we have of the intentions of the framers of the Constitution when they were drafting that document. In this course we will study these “Notes” as thoroughly as we can, aiming at a fuller understanding of the Constitution and the founding statesmanship that produced it.

Instructor: Christopher Flannery is Professor of History and Political Science at Azusa Pacific University. He has written and taught for many years about the American Founding and American Founders.

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