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American Political Thought: The Constitution and American Democratic Institutions

This theme incorporates both an overview of American constitutional history and an opportunity to study important developments and events in greater detail. Participants learn about the historical context of the Constitutional Convention and subsequent changes to the Constitution, important court cases, and the Massachusetts reaction to these developments. We will also examine the formation and operation of American political parties by discussing important campaigns, issues and structural changes.

Topics Within This Theme

The Constitutional Convention and the Debate over Ratification (Fall 2005)

The New Deal: Expanding Government in Time of Need (Fall 2005)

The Reconstruction Amendments and Their Legacy (Fall 2005)