Florida Virtual Schools – Teaching American History Project

The Constitution

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (EST)

The Constitution


Carol Berkin

Presidential Professor American Colonial and Revolutionary History; Women’s History
Baruch College, CUNY

The Scene at the Signing of the Constitution, Howard Chandler Christy, 1940

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Assigned Readings

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  1. Introduction and chapter one from A Brilliant Solution, Carol Berkin, 2002 (PDF)
  2. Alexander Hamilton on the Articles of Confederation: “make our union feeble and precarious(PDF)
  3. Descriptions of delegates to the convention, from A Brilliant Solution, Carol Berkin, 2002 (PDF)
  4. Portraits of the Founders (PDF)
  5. Preamble to the United States Constitution
  6. Thomas Jefferson on “what the people are entitled to(PDF)
  7. The 35 Anti-Federal Objections Refuted”, selections (PDF)
  8. Anti-Federalist letters to newspapers: “To the citizens of the United States(PDF)

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