3,487Oct 29, 2010
Book Discussion on Ratification
Pauline Maier presents a history of the ratification process of the U.S. Constitution. Ms. Maier recounts the year-long debates that took place throughout the country following the 1787 ...
2,287Sep 14, 2010
Book Discussion on The Federalist Papers
Mark Dimunation talked about The Federalist Papers. The collection of 85 essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay were written in 1787-88 to encourage the states to ratify ...
1,829Jun 17, 2009
Guns and Liberty
Authors talked about the belief that guns are needed to stave off government tyranny. Mr. Horowitz argued that the belief is fundamentally incorrect and that insurrectionists are the real ...
1,804Feb 26, 2009
Marbury v. Madison and Judicial Review
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens moderated a discussion on the crucial 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison that established a judicial right to review whether legislation is ...
1,773Apr 4, 1997
A Critique of Madisonian Democracy
Mr. Chomsky examined the principle and practice of democracy in the U.S. over the past 200 years. He argued that the democratic order encapsulated in the Constitution, principally by James ...
1,751Feb 21, 2012
Book Discussion on The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution
Brion McClanahan examines the U.S. Constitution and presented his thoughts on the authors of the document’s original intentions and whether its current interpretation should be rigid or ...
1,543Nov 16, 2011
Book Discussion on Founding Rivals
Chris DeRose recounts the congressional campaign between James Madison and James Monroe in 1789 for election to Virginia’s Fifth District, the only time two future presidents ran against each ...
1,511Mar 23, 2009
Book Discussion on Plain, Honest Men
Richard Beeman talked about his book Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (Random House; March 17, 2009). His book has a day-by-day account of the Constitutional ...
1,470Dec 19, 2012
After Words with Michael Austin
Professor Michael Austin talked about his book, That’s Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America’s Right Wing, in which he analyzes dozens of speeches, ...
1,330May 28, 1997
Book Discussion on Original Meanings
Professor Rakove talked about his new book, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution, published by Knopf. The book won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for history ...
1,249Dec 17, 2001
Book Discussion on John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court
Mr. Newmyer talked about his book, John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court, published by Louisiana State University Press.
John Marshall (1755-1835) was possibly ...
1,193Jan 16, 2012
Book Discussion on Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul
John Barry recounts the philosophy of Puritan minister Roger Williams, whose thoughts on the separation of church and state were deemed revolutionary in 17th century America. Mr. Barry ...
1,151Apr 4, 2007
Q&A with David Stewart
David Stewart was interviewed about his book, The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution, published by Simon and Schuster. He described the experiences of the men who took ...
1,144Mar 30, 2011
Book Discussion on What Would the Founders Say?
Larry Schweikart examines ten current political and social issues, from the national debt to health care and gun control and presents his thoughts on what America’s founding fathers would ...
1,053Nov 13, 2002
Book Discussion on A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution
Carol Berkin discussed her book A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution, published by Harcourt. The book relates the story of the summer of 1787, when a group of men ...
895Nov 3, 2011
Book Discussion on American Emperor
David Stewart recounts the political life of Aaron Burr (1756-1836), vice president of the United States from 1801-1805, who gained notoriety for his duel with Alexander Hamilton in 1804. ...
869Jun 10, 2003
Book Discussion on Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris
Mr. Brookhiser talked about his biography Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution, published by Free Press. Gouverneur Morris was the one ...
839Feb 13, 2011
The Presidential Election of 1800
Professor Ed Larson teaches a class on American legal history at Pepperdine University in Malibu. In the class of Monday, February 14, 2011, he lectured on the 1800 election contest between ...
821Nov 5, 2007
Book Discussion on Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution
Historian Woody Holton talked about his book Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, published by Hill and Wang. He contends that the Constitution was drafted by a group of ...
762Sep 21, 2005
Book Discussion on Birth of the Nation and Creating the Bill of Rights
Charlene Bickford and Ken Bowling talked about their books Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress, 1789-1791, published by Madison House Publishers, and Creating the Bill of ...
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