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The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840

1 hour

Recorded: May 13, 2021
The JEMB Realty Lecture in American History
Featuring: Akhil Reed Amar, Richard Brookhiser (moderator)

The Constitution won popular approval in 1788, but that was just the beginning of the story. In the following decades, everyone from ordinary Americans to statesmen continued to wrestle with weighty questions left unresolved by the document, including border territorial expansion, the rights of Indian nations, and the proper role of the judicial branch. Acclaimed scholars Akhil Reed Amar and Richard Brookhiser engage in an enlightening discussion on the biggest constitutional questions of America’s early days.

Akhil Reed Amar, a trustee of the New-York Historical Society, is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and the author of The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840. Richard Brookhiser (moderator) is a senior editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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