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“All Legislative Powers…” Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution Then and Now

OCT
15
Monday, October 15, 2018  
Cambridge, MA

Reception at 5:00 PM
Program at 6:00 PM
a collaboration with the Massachusetts Historical Society

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on the history surrounding the issues that are framed by Article 1 of the Constitution, which established the U.S. Congress and defined its powers, including the rights to tax, raise armies, and regulate commerce and naturalization. We will discuss the historical context in which the article was drafted in the 1780s, as well as the current meaning and impact of the article in contemporary legal thought and practice. The Massachusetts Constitution will serve as counterpoint to the national story. 

 

Featuring 

Margaret H. Marshall, Senior Counsel, Hall & Stewart, and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

Jack N. Rakove, William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies at Stanford University, and Pulitzer Prize recipient for Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution 

 

This is the first in a series of programs on individual articles of and amendments to the Constitution that will be part of an ongoing conversation about the relationship between political questions that were central at the moment of the nation's founding and contemporary issues. 

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (1780) and the Massachusetts Historical Society (1791) are proud to collaborate on this series, which honors the legacy of national leadership common to both institutions. 

 

Location: House of the Academy

Passenger Drop Off: 200 Beacon Street, Somerville

Parking at: Oxford Street Garage, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Please register to attend.
    

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