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1. The Origins of the Constitutional Convention
About this Lecture
In this module, we explore why the Constitution was needed in the first place. The reason for this are both external and internal, and include: (i) trade wars between the states; (ii) actual war between the states; (iii) an "excess of democracy"; (iv) piracy; (v) the British threat; (vi) the Spanish threat; (vii) the Native American threat.
In this course, Professor Woody Holton (University of South Carolina) explores the origins of US Constitution and the differing ideological positions on the structure and function of the federal government in this period. We start by looking at both the internal and external reasons for a new federal government. We then turn to explore how the Constitution differed from the Articles of Confederation. After this, we turn to examine the nine battles of the Constitutional Convention.
Woody Holton is Peter and Bonnie McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He specialises in early American history, especially the American Revolution, with a focus on economic history, African Americans, Native Americans, and women. He is author of a number of books within these fields including Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution.
Cite this Lecture
Holton, W. (2022, January 12). US History – The Origins of the Constitution and the Constitutional Convention, 1787 - The Origins of the Constitutional Convention [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-history-the-origins-of-the-constitution-and-the-constitutional-convention-1787/the-origins-of-the-constitutional-convention
Holton, W. "US History – The Origins of the Constitution and the Constitutional Convention, 1787 – The Origins of the Constitutional Convention." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 12 Jan 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-history-the-origins-of-the-constitution-and-the-constitutional-convention-1787/the-origins-of-the-constitutional-convention