Directed by Richard R. Hall • Documentary • With Gloria Browne-Marshall, Constitutional Law Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Murray Dry - The Complete Antifederalist (Co-Editor)
Paul Finkelman - Slavery & the Founders
Woody Holton - Unruly Americans & the Origins of the Constitution
Bill Kauffman - Forgotten Founder Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin
Pauline Maier - Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788
Gordon Wood - The Radicalism of the American Revolution (Pulitzer Prize) • 2020 • 30 minutes
Many framers wanted to give congress nearly unlimited taxing authority. The powers of the executive branch are left surprisingly vague. Many antifederalists opposed a peacetime army. "Ensure domestic tranquility" is a euphemism for putting down rebellions. Many Americans were shocked by the power of the new national government; they had expected only a revised Articles of Confederation.