The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land. The document came into existence in 1787, as it replaced the Articles of Confederation and gave the nation a strong central government. The framers of the Constitution divided the federal government into the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The objective was to have a balance of power between the three divisions. The document also featured a Bill of Rights and other amendments that were added as the nation grew and prospered. The seminar will explore the origins of the Constitution, as well as key amendments, such as the right to bear arms, the abolition of slavery, prohibition, and women’s suffrage. The framers realized that the Constitution was an imperfect document, and a good part of the seminar will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of this most significant document in American history.
Recommended Reading: The Oxford Handbook of the US Constitution, by Mark Tushnet, et. Al. ISBN 978-0190654535
Tim Crain received a Ph.D. in modern Europe, modern British and Irish, and modern Jewish history at Arizona State University, after earning his B.A. and M.A. from Marquette University. Crain taught for fifteen years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University. He left UW-Madison after accepting a position at Seton Hill University where he was a professor and director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education. Crain is a recipient of numerous teaching and professional awards, and in 2015, he received Marquette University's Alumni Award for Leadership Excellence. A noted public speaker, Crain delivers over one hundred lectures nationally each year. He has instructed over 25 seminars at Bjӧrklunden, and Tim and his family always look forward to their time there each year.
This seminar was made possible, in part, by the Constance and Robert Berner Memorial Endowment for Bjӧrklunden.