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History of the Constitutional Convention

History of the Constitutional Convention – Episode 26

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Ned Ryun continues his series on the Constitutional Convention. In this Episode: The life of Gouverneur Morris, drafter of the U.S. Constitution. Morris’ work in New York politics. Morris as chief advocate for the Continental Army. Morris’ role in the Constitutional Convention. Morris’ dealings with England and later role as Minister to France during the French Revolution. Morris and northern secession.

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History of the Constitutional Convention – Episode 25

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Ned Ryun continues his series on the Constitutional Convention. In this Episode: TheĀ  final debates at the Constitutional Convention center on signing questions. Elbridge Gerry, George Mason and Edmund Randolph all voice displeasure with the document and refuse to sign. A committee on style is formed to write the Constitution. A Bill of Rights is proposed and debated, but soundly defeated, only for the issue to be resurrected again during the ratification debates. Washington supports a measure to increase representation in the House to win over dissenters, but the dissenters refuse to sign. The Constitution is signed and the debate…

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History of the Constitutional Convention – Episode 24

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Ned Ryun continues his series on the Constitutional Convention. In this Episode: TheĀ  development of the Judicial Branch in the Constitutional Convention. Should the Judicial Branch be combined with the Executive Branch? A description of the Judicial Branch in Article III and Federalist Papers. The Judiciary Act of 1789 and Congress’ roll in forming the Judicial Branch. Details on the original courts. A discussion on the evolution of the courts today, foreshadowed by Thomas Jefferson.

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History of the Constitutional Convention – Episode 23

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Ned Ryun continues his series on the Constitutional Convention. In this Episode: The debate over the Executive Branch. Should there be one executive or a council of executives? Debates over terms, length of service and the executives relationship to the Congress. A discussion on the Electoral College and its roll in the 1800 and 2000 Presidential Elections. The eventual formation of Article II of the Constitution.

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