Readings and Agenda: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution


We’re thrilled that Woody Holton will be joining us Friday, November 7, 9:00 – 3:30 for a program titled Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution.  The name shares the title of his most recent book, a 2007 National Book Award finalist, which will be provided to participants.

His plan for the day is the following:

I. Morning: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution

Lecture based on the book

Discussion of selected chapters and primary source documents from Unruly Americans

Debate over whether to ratify the Constitution

II. Afternoon: Zooming Out

Lecture arguing that Indians and slaves helped push Jefferson and Washington into the American Revolution (based on Forced Founders)

Discussion of primary sources reflecting black participation in the Revolutionary War

Group comparison of two Abigail Adams letters

III. Showtime

Teachers break into small groups to come up with lesson plans based on Unruly Americans.

While that’s the ambitious plan, he cautions that it’s based on participants first carefully reading the following document packet. Without the preparatory reading, he warns, we’re looking at six hours of lecture!

Preparatory Readings: Unruly Americans and the Constitution

This program is free but advance registration is required. Contact Matt Karlsen to register or for more information.

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