Constitution Episodes

Constitution Women

223. Attending a Lecture on Female Genius with Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder

May 19, 2022

In May 1787, George Washington arrived in Philadelphia to attend the Constitutional Convention. One afternoon, as he waited for the other delegates to show up so the convention could begin, Washington accompanied some ladies…

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153. Putting Secession and Jefferson Davis on Trial with Cynthia Nicoletti

April 9, 2020

In May 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Georgia as the Civil War neared its end. Davis had led the Confederate States of America since 1861. He was taken to Fortress Monroe in …

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152. Creating George Washington's Cabinet with Lindsay Chervinsky

April 2, 2020

There are many things that we take for granted in the modern United States. The president’s cabinet is one of them. Although the cabinet is a prominent fixture of the federal government, and a powerful and essential one at t…


134. A Constitutional Thanksgiving

Nov. 28, 2019

We’re off this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back next week with conversations featuring some of the leading lights in early American history. But we didn’t want to leave you holding the short end of the wishbo…


128. Digitizing the Constitution with Julie Silverbrook

Oct. 17, 2019

The word “impeachment” is in the air these days. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a website to find information about what the Constitution’s framers thought about impeachment or any other Constitutional issue. Well, The Consti…


121. Interpreting George Washington's Constitution with Lindsay Chervinsky: Explorations in Early American Law Part 3

Aug. 29, 2019

In the fall of 1789, George Washington ordered a printed copy of the Constitution along with the laws passed by the First Federal Congress. A book binder bound the printed sheets in leather and added the words "President of …


101. Constitution Making In Early America

April 4, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with research fellow Dr. James Hrdlicka to discuss his latest findings on the origins and development of American democratic constitutionalism. For more information check o…

Constitution Law Women

85. The Lady and George Washington: Female Genius in the Age of the Constitution

Dec. 13, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder, Founders Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, to discuss her latest research regarding Eliza Harriot Barons O'Connor who played a pivo…