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CSAC Saturday Seminar for March 2021
Registration closed on 7 March 2021.
The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era
featuring Professor Jonathan Gienapp (Stanford University, Stanford, CA)
Held virtually via Zoom
Saturday, 13 March 2021 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Americans widely believe that the United States Constitution was created when it was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1788. With the publication of his book The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era, Jonathan Gienapp upends this long-held assumption, recovering the unknown story of American constitutional creation in the decade after its adoption.
As Congressional leaders put the Constitution to work, many questions about the meaning and application of the Constitution were unanswered. Through vigorous debates they confronted these questions and began trying to fix, or resolve, an imperfect document. Their efforts have significant implications for current debates over constitutional originalism and interpretation.
Our virtual “Saturday Seminar” featured two presentations by professor Gienapp where he explores the idea that the First Federal Congress should also be considered a “constitutional convention.” Participants also had opportunities to discuss primary source materials associated with Professor Gienapp’s presentations.
Event Recordings: Presentations by Professor Gienapp followed by Q & A. You can turn on “CC” on YouTube to see captions.