The Constitution | Newberry

The Constitution

Framing, Ratification, and the Documentary Record
Monday, October 19, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Eric Slauter, University of Chicago
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

What do we know about the creation of the Constitution and how do we know it? Anchored in the world of late eighteenth-century politics, this seminar will explore the making of the text, the process of ratification, and the wide public debate over its meanings. We will examine James Madison’s manuscript notes of the federal convention in Philadelphia, the shorthand transcripts of debates in individual state ratifying conventions, as well as commentaries in The Federalist and important statements by opponents. In doing so, we will aim both to understand the stakes of a great national discussion and to appreciate the revolutionary culture of political transparency that led to the creation of such a rich documentary record.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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