The Success of the US Constitution
Historians Michael Meyerson, Carol Berkin, Christopher Collier and Yale Law School constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar explore why the US Constitution has been so successful for so long.
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.
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 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.
The Electoral College and the Constitution
September 4, 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, the Brearley Committee reported its recommendation for an Electoral College method of choosing presidents, as John Dickinson later recalled.
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.