An Early Americanist Looks at Today’s Constitutional Issues

Understanding why the Framers wrote the Constitution as they did in 1787 illuminates the complex dimensions of today's hot-button constitutional issues on questions such as abortion rights, gerrymandering, the separation of church and state, and free speech.

Lecture Description

This lecture examines key historical issues from the Founding Era that inform current-day constitutional controversies. It discusses how debates over the US Constitution relate to issues today involving the separation of church and state, the right to privacy and women’s reproductive rights, the role of state legislatures in regulating federal elections, the Electoral College in presidential elections, and gerrymandering, apportionment, and redistricting.

CATEGORIES

Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights Legal and Constitutional

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