Confounding Father - Episode 3
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.