Constitutional Conventio1

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Constitutional Convention In A Nutshell The making of the U.S. Constitution is perhaps one of the most crucial lessons in the powers of hindsight and the importance of contextualizing history. People often approach the history of the Constitution with a specific agenda in mind: they want to prove that the Founding Fathers would be on their side in any number of political or social debates . Yet most historians would warn you that to truly understand any given time period, you need to put yourself in the context of the people who were living at the time. The framers of the Constitution had no idea that their experiment would work, that the document they drafted in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 would endure for centuries, expanding federal powers without violating revolutionary principles. The Constitution was a bold and highly controversial experiment that provided a framework for an efficient and stable, if imperfect, national government. It stood the test of time, thanks in part to the compromises it embodied and in part to the subsequent amendments that resolved some of its most notable contradictions, slavery foremost among them. Why Should I Care? Despite all of the good reasons below as to why you should care about the making of the Constitution, here is a recent and very direct example. In 2002, an eighteen-year-old high school student named Joseph Frederick in Juneau, Alaska, unfurled a fourteen-foot-long banner just outside school grounds amid the crowd that had gathered to watch the Olympic torch relay pass through town on its way to the Winter Games at Salt Lake City, Utah. The banner referred to marijuana use and read "Bong Hits for Jesus." Even though he was standing on a public sidewalk, the school suspended Frederick for ten days because they said he and other students were participating in a school-sponsored event. They had been let out of classes and were
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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