Origins of the Electoral College
A sneak peek of the new short film entitled ORIGINS OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE. It's a part of a expansive film project that tells the historical origin story of the US Constitution. This five-minute film explores why the Framers of the Constitution designed this unusual method for electing presidents. Features renowned constitutional scholars Sanford Levinson of The University of Texas Law School; Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School; and historian and author Stuart Leibiger of LaSalle University. And dozens of actors portraying framers of the Constitution.
Preamble to the US Constitution
"Preamble to the Constitution" is a 4-minute film that reveals the magic behind the opening words of the US Constitution. It's a part of a expansive film project that tells the historical origin story of the US Constitution. This short features constitutional scholars Akhil Reed Amar and Sanford Levinson in addition to leading historians Carol Berkin and Christopher Collier.
John Dickinson and America's Historical Experience
Founding Father John Dickinson delivered one of his most famous and often-quoted remarks as one of the Delaware delegates at the Constitutional Convention on August 13, 1787.
The Constitution and the Price Paid to Slavery
August 24th, 1787, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Livingston Committee reported its many compromises to the Convention—the price paid to slavery.
The Slave Trade and the Constitution
At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, August 22, 1787, the delegates debated the slave trade. South Carolina delegate Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Connecticut delegate Oliver Ellsworth debated the incongruity of the slave trade.
Freedom of the Press and the 1787 Constitution
September 14, 1787, the delegates at the Constitutional Convention Independence Hall in Philadelphia were eager to wrap up their months of work and return to their distant homes and much-missed families.
Benjamin Franklin asks all to Sign the Constitution
On September 17, 1787 (Constitution Day) the last day of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin was hoping that all of the delegates in attendance would sign the document. Franklin wrote a speech to convince the holdout delegates.
Enumerated Powers and the Constitution
August 16, 1787, the enumerated powers granted to Congress were debated. Delaware delegate to the Constitutional Convention, George Read, foresaw a catastrophe of biblical proportions if the new Constitution allowed Congress to print paper money.
A Rocky Start to the Constitutional Convention
The delegates sent to the Constitutional Convention in May of 1787 in Philadelphia were there to represent the interests of their respective states and not necessarily the entire United States.