Letters and Politics

The Making of the U.S. Constitution

According to Professor Michael Klarman “it is important to tell the story of the Constitution’s origins in a way that demystifies it.  Impressive as they were, the men who wrote the Constitution were not demigods; they had interests, prejudices, and moral blind spots.”  Invocations of divine inspiration for the Constitution by supporters of ratification were, at least in part, a conscious political strategy to maximize the chances of ratifying it.

Guest: Michael J. Klarman is a legal historian, and constitutional law scholar and the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School.  He is author of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality and the latest The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution.

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