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Too Late to Study “Con Law”?

August 30, 2021

The Convention held in Philadelphia in 1787 was called to amend the Articles of Confederation. Out of that convention came a Constitution that has well served these United States for 232 years.

Before the 1960s and 1970s, a college education required some study of Constitutional Law and study of “Con Law” at our law schools gave Attorneys a smattering of understanding of the ideas discussed in Philadelphia so many years ago.

Unfortunately that is no longer true and the best educated generation of American citizens in American history knows nothing about the Framers of the Constitution nor which President was the first to call them our “Founding Fathers.”  Credit President Warren Harding for that.

We know instinctively that something ominous occurred on January 6, 2020 that involved an interpretation of the Constitutional role of the Electoral College. We should fear the ignorance visible in that discussion and commence anew the study of the Constitution lest in a few short years we witness an abrupt reorganization of the Federal government.

Start you studies by purchasing Madison’s Notes  of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 as Reported by James Madison edited by James McClellan and M.E. Bradford. (Richmond, VA: James River Press, 1989).

Or purchase the Adrienne Koch edition of Madison’s Notes published by Ohio University Press, (2nd edition, 1985). Also see James Madison’s Notes Of Debates In The Federal Convention Of 1787 And Their Relation To A More Perfect Society Of Nations, ed. James Brown Scott (Andesite Press, 2017).

And do read about the work of Gordon Lloyd at the Ashbrook Center in Ohio.

Professor Lloyd’s presentation on the Antifederalists at the 2007 meeting of the Philadelphia Society is a good way to start learning about the Constitution of the United States before it’s too late.

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