The Making of the U.S. Constitution

The Making of the U.S. Constitution

Professor Michael Klarman
Fall 2018 reading group
W 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 3008
1 classroom credit

Prerequisite: Those who have already taken Professor Klarman's Constitutional History I course are not eligible to sign up for this reading group (as they will have already read the book).

Exam Type: No Exam
There is no exam. Students will be asked to write one short (four-to-six pages) reaction paper and to do the reading and contribute to class discussion.

This upper-level reading group will read and discuss Professor Klarman's recently published book, "The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution." For each session we will read a chapter of the book. The six sessions will be on the following six topics: The flaws in the Articles of Confederation, the economic conflicts in the states in the mid-1780s that directly contributed to the making of the Constitution, the Philadelphia convention, slavery at the Philadelphia convention, ratification, and the Bill of Rights.

Some of the chapters will take only an hour or two to read, but a couple of them could take as long as four or five hours; please don't sign up for the course unless you are certain you want to do this much reading.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14. Students are asked to hold 11/28, as well, in the event any rescheduling should be necessary.

Drop Deadline: September 27, 2018 by 11:59 pm EST

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights, Legal History, Legal & Political Theory