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Reframing the Constitution

Two scholars of constitutional law debate our continuing struggle to realize a more perfect union.

Past: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 7:00 pm
This is a virtual event
  • Wilfred U. Codrington III
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  • John F. Kowal
  • Caroline Fredrickson
Reframing the Constitution

In The People’s Consti­tu­tionWilfred Codring­ton and John Kowal, present an altern­at­ive history to our found­ing docu­ment and a vital guide to our national charter. They intro­duce all of the consti­tu­tion’s framers: not just the Framers but “the vision­ar­ies and gadflies whose passion and persever­ance helped ensure that our national charter could change with the times through peri­odic infu­sions of popu­lar input.” That history, they argue, “has been, for the most part, an inspir­ing story of progress­ive legal change, driven by power­ful social move­ments and an evolving array of civil soci­ety organ­iz­a­tions.” But in our frac­tured, hyper-partisan polit­ics of today, are we still able to amend the Consti­tu­tion?

Codring­ton and Kowal try to answer this ques­tion and discuss their book with Bren­nan Center Senior Fellow Caroline Fredrick­son.

Presen­ted as part of The Polon­sky Exhib­i­tion of The New York Public Librar­y’s Treas­ures, which show­cases some of the most extraordin­ary items from the 56 million in our collec­tions. Among them is one of the 13 hand­writ­ten copes that George Wash­ing­ton reques­ted be produced for Congress and each of the 13 states. The event will begin with a short curator talk on the history of the librar­y’s copy. 

Produced in part­ner­ship with The New York Public Library.

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