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December 7, 1787: One down and eight to go

December 7, 2014 By Donald Applestein Esq.

Donald Applestein looks back at the constitutional ratification process and Delaware's move to approve a new Constitution.

The Road To Union: The coming of America’s second Constitution

June 6, 2014 By Donald Applestein Esq.

This is the third of three articles dealing with America’s forgotten first constitution: the Articles of Confederation. In this article, Donald Applestein looks at some of the challenges that arose under the Articles that eventually led to the calling of the Constitution Convention.

The road to union: The states assert themselves

May 22, 2014 By Donald Applestein Esq.

This is the second of three articles dealing with America’s forgotten first constitution, Donald Applestein reviews the Articles of Confederation as adopted by Congress and ratified by the States.

The road to union: America’s forgotten first constitution

May 14, 2014 By Donald Applestein Esq.

Donald Applestein looks back at America’s other Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, in a three-part series. First: how another group of Founders drew up an initial draft.

Looking back at America's forgotten first constitution

November 15, 2013 By Donald Applestein Esq.

Today marks the 236th anniversary of America's "other" constitution. But how many of us know when it was created and how and why it was adopted?

Remembering Benjamin Franklin 223 years after his passing

April 17, 2013 By Donald Applestein Esq.

April 17 is the 223rd anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death in 1790, at the age of 84. We remember him well—particularly in Philadelphia.

Federalist No. 62: Reflections on the “stability” of the Senate

February 27, 2013 By Donald Applestein Esq.

On this day in 1788, The Federalist No. 62 was published, detailing the character and role of the Senate. Here’s an overview of what the essay said—and why it matters today.

The three-fifths compromise: Rationalizing the irrational

February 12, 2013 By Donald Applestein Esq.

On this date in 1788, Federalist No. 54 was published, defending the portion of the Constitution that counted slaves as three-fifths of a person.

Why James Madison thought ambition was a good thing

February 6, 2013 By Donald Applestein Esq.

On the anniversary of The Federalist No. 51, Don Applestein Esq. explains how James Madison thought ambition—in moderation—was essential for democracy.

When demographics killed one political party

November 12, 2012 By Donald Applestein Esq.

Don Applestein goes back to 1800, figuratively, when a demographic problem killed off the party of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.

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