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.
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