Constitutional History

Constitutional History examines the origins and development of American constitutional ideas and practices in the Founding Era and Early Republic.  This courses focuses on the roots of American constitutionalism, the framing and the ratification of the Constitution, popular constitutionalism, early congressional and judicial interpretations of the Constitution, the meaning of freedom of the press, the right to bear arms, and federalism.  The course will also consider theoretical debates over the different methods of history and originalism, and the distinct approaches of constitutional and legal history.
Credits: 2

Type: SEM