Donald Applestein looks back at the constitutional ratification process and Delaware's move to approve a new Constitution.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
On the anniversary of The Federalist No. 51, Don Applestein Esq. explains how James Madison thought ambition—in moderation—was essential for democracy.
Don Applestein goes back to 1800, figuratively, when a demographic problem killed off the party of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.