How Moderation Enabled the Ratification of the Constitution

When we understand the role it played, we can see how, in a polarized and contentious political environment, the practice of moderation was a bold, transformative step.

Lecture Description

This lecture examines the rise and practice of political moderation in the ratification debate. It focuses on the writings and actions of James Madison and John Jay and traces the emergence of moderation at a key stage of the debate over the Constitution. In fact, it argues that moderation is what enabled the Federalists to reach out to opponents and win them over.

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1700-1800 Legal and Constitutional

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