The Bill of Rights

Instructor: Gordon Lloyd, Pepperdine University
Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 10:00am to Noon ET

Readings – Participants are asked to familiarize themselves with the resources available at Dr. Lloyd’s Online Bill of Rights Exhibit.

The seminar is divided into two parts with the objective of providing access to 1) The Documentary History of the Bill of Rights and 2) The Politics of the Bill of Rights. Access is provided in the form of tables, summaries, commentaries, a module, an Excel spreadsheet, and paintings. The main themes are 1) to portray the seemingly timeless quality of the Bill of Rights which reaches back into remote antiquity from the Magna Carta through the English and Colonial periods and into the Revolutionary era and 2) to show the politics of give-and-take that was central to the creation and adoption of the United States Bill of Rights.

Gordon Lloyd earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science at McGill University. He completed all coursework toward a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago before receiving his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Government at Claremont Graduate School. The co-author of three books on the American Founding, Dr. Lloyd was instrumental in the formation of the Constitutional Convention and Ratification websites on His areas of research span the California constitution, common law, the New Deal, slavery and the Supreme Court, and the relationship between politics and economics.

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