How to Build a Nation in 15 Weeks
Summary: Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry Sandick along with Jon Hatch and colleagues at Patterson Belknap revisit the hottest topics from each week in the Constitutional Convention of 1787, tracking their current place in our legal and political landscape.
The constant presence of the constitution in our daily civic life, & the benefits of discussing & learning from it. The limitations of the Articles of Confederation, Shay’s rebellion, & the fear of anarchy among the political elite. The Annapolis Convention, & the Confederation Congress’s blessing of the Constitutional Convention (within limits). The selection of delegates for the Convention, & who was (& wasn’t) represented. Washington meets with Franklin, & the large states plot their first move.
The convention opens. The Virginia delegation introduces its plan for Government including a national executive, national judiciary, and, crucially, proportional representation in the national legislature. The small states are not pleased. Pinckney’s plan is ignored. The Patterson team takes an historical detour to discuss Dorr’s rebellion and the justiciability of constitutional provisions.