University Professor and professor of history at George Mason University, Rosemarie Zagarri is the author of Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic (2007), The Politics of Size: Representation in the United States, 1776-1850 (1987), and A Woman's Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution (1995), and the editor of David Humphreys' "Life of General Washington" with George Washington's "Remarks" (1991). A past president of Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, she has also served as a member of the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. She has appeared as an on-camera historian on C-SPAN's "Morning Journal," PBS's "George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King," and the Fairfax Television Network's "The Real Martha Washington." She is currently working on a book entitled "Liberty or Oppression?: Thomas Law and Enlightenment Imperialism in Colonial British India and the Early American Republic."
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.