Visionary Leaders in Action: The Constitutional Convention
Course #: EDUC_715F
Semester Credits: 3
This course transports you back to Philadelphia, and the four months of May through September 1787, where you relive the daily triumphs and tribulations experienced by the fifty-five delegates of the Constitutional Convention. Understand what these delegates, and other Founding Fathers, experienced as they shaped and ratified the U.S. Constitution. Feel the everyday stress, disappointments, joy, fear, and pride experienced by these men of vision, as well as their personal sacrifices beginning with the oppressive and stifling summer weather that was the worst since 1750. In addition, watch the unfolding of the U.S. Constitution and learn about the men’s philosophy, logic, and sentiment behind the Preamble, Articles, and Sections, as well as their reasons for ratifying.
Learn about the dynamic personalities that went into the drafting and ratifying of the United States Constitution, including George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, George Mason, Robert Morris, Edmund Randolph, and Elbridge Gerry, as well as the additional ones who were champions on both the Antifederalist and Federalist sides. Whether a peacemaker or a troublemaker, each made a valiant effort in a time where there was no reference material to follow.
- Obtain a behind the scenes understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the philosophy, logic and sentiment behind its wording and format.
- Learn about the many personalities that went into the drafting and ratifying of the U.S. Constitution including their contributions, failures, triumphs, sacrifices, and anguish, with particular focus on Benjamin Franklin.
- Learn about 1787 America and its physical and cultural elements, including the European perspective.
- Learn about the many rivalries and resolutions between various political giants concerning their political and personal interests and beliefs.
- Become familiar with the religious, financial, cultural, military, and political priorities and vision of America.
This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Early American History for the Classroom
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