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Ratifying the Constitution

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Chief Justice John Marshall long ago pointed out that those who “ordained and established” the U.S. Constitution were not the drafters at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia but the elected delegates who engaged in the ratification debates in each of the state conventions.  Opposition from Massachusetts, among others, nearly defeated the Constitution’s ratification and spurred the compromise that appeased enough of the remaining states to pass by the required minimum of nine in June of 1788. The lecture will explore the dramatic history of the framework’s ratification, the major themes that emerged, and the role that debates play in determining the Constitution’s “original understanding.”


Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Scarsdale High School

Martin Flaherty 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
5/19/2020 - 5/19/2020 Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Scarsdale, Scarsdale High School  Map Martin Flaherty