How to Build a Nation in 15 Weeks
By Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry Sandick along with Jon Hatch and colleagues at Patterson Belknap revisit the hottest topics from each week in the Constitutional Convention of 1787, tracking their current place in our legal and political landscape.
||CleanWeek 7, Part 2: Call Things By Their True Names||Debate continues on whether and how to account for enslaved people in determining representation in the legislature. The North-South divide widens. The delegates tie representation to taxation and approve the 3/5th's ratio for both. ...||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 7, Part 1: Confront the Paradox at Your Nation’s Core (Or Don’t)||The delegates debate how to apportion representation in the lower house. The Morris Committee proposes an allocation based on guesswork. The King Committee proposes an alternative based on counting three-fifths of enslaved people. ...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 6, Part II: Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Mid-Week Vacation||The delegates celebrate Independence Day. Gerry presents the committee’s proposal to the Convention, with diffidence. A subcommittee is formed to address the calculation of proportional representation. The Patterson team ponders the Spirit of...||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 6, Part I: If All Else Fails, Try a Committee||Delegates start to flee the Convention. Hamilton and Washington get pessimistic. The delegates deadlock over proportional versus equal state representation. Connecticut renews its proposal. The Gerry Committee tackles question of legislative...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Professor Joshua Matz||On this special bonus episode, we had the pleasure of interviewing Joshua Matz, author with Professor Laurence Tribe of the excellent new book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment. Joshua discussed what we can learn from the...||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 5, Part 2: Maybe Say A Prayer?||The delegates debate whether Senators should be paid. South Carolina argues for rule by the wealthy. The delegates agree on six-year Senate terms. Ben Franklin suggests the convention seek divine inspiration. The Patterson team considers how much...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 5, Part 1: Don't Mortify The Other Delegates||Luther Martin delivers a two-day speech with much diffuseness. Madison argues the small states have nothing to fear. Connecticut proposes a compromise. The mood amongst the delegates continues to deteriorate. Madison accuses Connecticut of...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 4, Part 2: Try to Keep Your Cool When Your Plan Falls Apart||The convention falls into chaos. Madison’s judgment slips, and he makes not-so-veiled threats against small states. Additional delegates try to push their own extreme visions. Connecticut tries to restore peace.||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 4, Part 1: Read the Room||Hamilton finally speaks up, keeps speaking straight through lunch, damages his reputation, and is otherwise ignored. The benefits and perils of an elective monarchy and legislature. The Patterson team revisits the utility of the electoral...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 3: Don't Push Your Plan Too Far||The Large States and Deep South support one another. Gerry takes on the three-fifths compromise. New Jersey stalls for time and introduces an alternative plan for a federal government. The Patterson team takes the New Jersey plan...||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 2, Part 2: Figure Out Who Judges the Judges||Delegates debate whether lower federal courts are worth the money and how to select judges. Franklin makes an unorthodox proposal. The council of revision resurfaces and the judicial veto is rejected. The delegates debate the method of electing...||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 2, Part 1: Push Past Your Fear of Kings||Push Past Your Fear of Kings||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek 1: Showing up is half the battle.||The convention opens. The Virginia delegation introduces its plan for Government including a national executive, national judiciary, and, crucially, proportional representation in the national legislature. The small states are not pleased....||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroduction||“The difficulty of the crisis, and the necessity of preventing the fulfillment of the prophecies of the American downfall.”||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A welcome trip back in time.
We forget to easily how our government came to be to our own peril. This podcast is an excellent deep dive into the making of our country which has never been been more important.
Serious but approachable
Enough legal details to interest the lawyers, but also comprehensible to any history student or would-be student. Nice easy rapport among the hosts (and guest hosts).