Broken Promises and Compromises

Broken Promises and Compromises:
From the Articles of the Confederation to the Constitution

6 sessions • 12 hours

The Constitution, the framework with which we govern ourselves, has lasted for more than 200 years. Examine the economic and cultural conditions of the country following the American Revolution and the Articles of Confederation and discover the perceived weaknesses in these document’s abilities to address our country’s problems. Investigate the issues facing those attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 and find out how paying attention to “team building process issues” contributed to the convention’s success. Discussions will also focus on key compromises derived from the constitutional debates: small vs. large states, north vs. south, slavery, economics, representation issues, and the “worthy against the licentious.” Includes an analysis on why and how the Constitution was ratified in state conventions as well as the reasons for the endurance of our Constitution.

Instructor: Colonial historian Roger G. Swartz received national acclaim for his two books detailing the frontiers of the American Revolution. In 2004, he was chosen, along with 2 others, to be the educational coordinator for the 13-day bus tour sponsored by then National Elderhostel program. The tour was conducted for the 250th anniversary commemoration of the French & Indian War, 1754 – 1763.

Broken Promises and Compromises:
From the Articles of the Confederation to the Constitution
ILR819 • 5-digit: 18693
Monday • 11/4-12/9 • 9:30-11:30 AM
Visual/Performing Arts Center (F Building) • F109
Tuition: $40 | Fee: $99 | Total: $139
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only



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