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The American Legal History Podcast

Feb 7, 2022

This is the third of several episodes on the creation, ratification, and implementation of the Constitution of the United States. In this episode we will examine the opening stages of the Constitutional Convention. We will look at James Madison’s long preparation process, the venue in which the deliberations...


Dec 12, 2021

This is the second of several episodes on the creation, ratification, and implementation of the Constitution of the United States. We will discuss the many factors that led to the decision of 12 of the 13 states' to send delegates to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787. These factors include: the many security...


Jun 28, 2021

This is the first of several episodes on the Constitution of the United States. We will examine the many factors that immerged in the 1780s that led to the calling of the Constitutional Convention. We will also look at the incredible story of the Convention itself, the fascinating personalities and behind the scenes...


Mar 21, 2021

In episode twelve we will discuss the end of the so called "quiet period" with the passage of the Tea Act in 1773. The Boston Tea Party and Parliamentary reaction; the First and Second Continental Congress and efforts at reconciliation. We will examine the impact to Tom Paine's earth-shaking pamphlet Common Sense....


Dec 25, 2020

The most interesting fact about the American Revolution, which makes it unique in the annals of all our wars, is that it was the unintended consequence of a dispute about the law. Two principle arguments emerged on both sides of the Atlantic and it was the failure to reconcile these competing views of the law that led...