The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Completing the Constitution: The 14th Amendment

Guest speaker: Michael Zuckert

Mon, September 17, 2012 | UTC 3.134

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Although on Constitution Day we celebrate the signing, i.e., the completion of the Constitution, James Madison, the man largely responsible for the plan of the Constitution, thought it to be importantly incomplete and unlikely to succeed at solving the problems that beset the American political order. The Civil War proved his point and in post war efforts of Reconstruction, the 14th Amendment was added to the Constitution.  That Amendment is best seen as an effort to complete what Madison hadseen as incomplete in the original Constitution.

Michael Zuckert is the Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame.  He works in the two fields of Political Theory and Constitutional Studies, in both of which he has published extensively.  He has published Natural Rights and the New Republicanism, the Natural Rights Republic, Launching Liberalism, and (with Catherine Zuckert) The Truth About Leo Strauss in addition to many articles.  He has also edited (with Derek Webb) The Antifederal Writings of the Melancton Smith Circle. He is currently completely a book called A System without a Precedent, a study of American constitutionalism.

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