Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Podcast: James Wilson and the creation of the Constitution

May 4, 2017 by NCC Staff

 

The National Constitution Center has partnered with the Historical Society of Pennyslvania to open a new permanent exhibit called American Treasures: Documenting the Nation's Founding, which explores the creation of the Constitution and which features two priceless drafts of the Constitution written by Pennsylvania's James Wilson.*

Wilson was a Pennsylvania delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787; a leading Federalist intellectual and advocate; one of the six original Justices of the U.S Supreme Court; and arguably America’s greatest proponent of popular sovereignty.

Joining We the People to discuss this forgotten Founder are two historians and scholars of Wilson and the Constitution.

Christopher Yoo is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, and Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is also the author of "The Unitary Executive at the Constitutional Convention: James Wilson and the Creation of the American Presidency".

Tom Donnelly is senior fellow in constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center.

* As mentioned in this episode, the American Treasures documents interactive will be available by May 11 at constitutioncenter.org/treasures or americantreasures.constitutioncenter.org.


Show Notes

This show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.

We want to know what you think of the podcast! Email us at [email protected].

Sign up to receive Constitution Weekly, our email roundup of constitutional news and debate, at bit.ly/constitutionweekly.

Please subscribe to We the People and our companion podcast, Live at America’s Town Hall, on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app.

We the People is a member of Slate’s Panoply network. Check out the full roster of podcasts at Panoply.fm.

Despite our congressional charter, the National Constitution Center is a private nonprofit; we receive little government support, and we rely on the generosity of people around the country who are inspired by our nonpartisan mission of constitutional debate and education. Please consider becoming a member to support our work, including this podcast. Visit constitutioncenter.org to learn more.

Recent Stories on Constitution Daily

Is the American free speech consensus under attack?

Justice Department concurs with Ninth Circuit in polar bear case

Podcast: The Madisonian Constitution and the future of freedom

 

Sign up for our email newsletter