Lecture 22

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In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses how the new nation moved towards creating a stronger, more centralized national government than the Articles of Confederation. Complications of commerce between individual states - a factor that wasn't regulated by the Articles - led to a series of interstate gatherings, like the Mount Vernon Conference of March 1785. Some strong nationalists saw these meetings as an ideal opportunity to push towards revising the Articles of Confederation. Professor Freeman ends with a discussion of James Madison's preparations for the Federal Convention, and the importance of his notes in understanding the process by which delegates drafted a new Constitution.

Reading assignment:

Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution, chapters 13-19

Raphael, A People's History of the American Revolution, chapter 7

Brown, Major Problems in the Era of the American Revolution, pp. 1-25, 306-309, 494-521