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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 or

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.

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