PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development
Interview with Chief Justice John Roberts
C-SPAN, Oct. 9, 2009
History of the Court
1. Who does C.J. Roberts identify as the Great Chief?
John Marshall, he was actually the fourth though.
2. What earned this in
Introduction: constitutionalism and the American Revolution
The American Constitution adopted in 1781 was actually the
culmination of a revolution started in the early 1760s.
The colonists saw themselves as trying to preserve their ancient
Prior to the Constitution
1776: Declaration of Independence
1776-1781: Continental Congress was basically running things
o State sent reps and they did stuff
o In order for the constitution to work, all 13 states need to agree
T he Founding
Wrote Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved. In it, he
argued that any law in violation of the constitution and common
reason could be declared void and un-enforceable. Given the