• The Articles of Confederation – Finding Finances – Extra History – #3
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    The Articles of Confederation – Finding Finances – Extra History – #3

    For five years, the Confederation Congress had struggled to fund a national army to fight the American Revolutionary War, but the war kept going and Congress had become dead broke ♫Intro Music ♫ Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress had no real leadership. they elected one of their own members to be President of Congress, but once elected he could only supervise meetings. He couldn’t vote or even suggest new laws. Many saw it as a demotion and a few who did get elected wound up trying to resign only to find out that they were stuck there because nobody wanted to replace them . But now that the Articles…

  • Alexander Hamilton’s Salacious Sex Scandal (feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda) – Drunk History
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    Alexander Hamilton’s Salacious Sex Scandal (feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda) – Drunk History

    Pretty drunk. [laughs] – You feel okay? – I’m giggly and there’s gaps in my memory. [laughs] – That’s all right. – Already. – Okay, so, uh, let’s get back. – So, Yorktown.We won!Well, now we’ve gotta form a country.Um, they all ask him, hey, come be a part of the Constitutional Convention.So we’re figuring out howthe American system is gonna work.The Constitutional Convention:this is the room where they’re decidingwhat the shape of our government should be.They’re hashing it out.And Hamilton speaks for six hours.But some of the things he pitched would haunt himthe rest of his career.He pitched maybe president for life?[whispering] Ooh, he’s secretly a monarchist.Maybe, uh, we…

  • The Articles of Confederation – Constitutional Convention – Extra History – #4
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    The Articles of Confederation – Constitutional Convention – Extra History – #4

    In far away Paris, diplomats put pen to paper and signed the treaty that would end the American Revolutionary War. A copy of this document sailed across the ocean, were it would need delegations from nine states to ratify it under the Articles of Confederation and accept their victory… Only seven states showed up. [Intro Music] One month after the Confederation’s embracing failure to bring the states together long enough to sign their own peace treaty, they reconvened with just enough people to get it done. The war had ended, peace had come. George Washinton had welcomed this with open arms. He had one the love of the nation and…

  • Impeachment is broken. Impeach Trump, anyway.
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    Impeachment is broken. Impeach Trump, anyway.

    In 1788, three founding fathers made the case for the US constitution in a series of essays called “The Federalist Papers”. And if you want to understand why impeachment is broken today, it’s worth starting there. With what they thought it would look like if it worked. In Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton makes the case for the way the Framers designed the impeachment power. The House brings impeachment, but it’s the Senate that decides whether to convict and remove. Not the Supreme Court, or some other independent tribunal. A bunch of politicians. Why? Why give them that power? Here’s the argument Hamilton makes: Impeachment, he says, poses a special problem.…

  • Alexander Hamilton on Judicial Independence
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    Alexander Hamilton on Judicial Independence

    The story behind Hamilton’s writing of the Federalist Papers is just amazing. He was a practicing lawyer at the time. He’d spend all day at the office, litigating cases, defending clients, and he’d come home and dash off a couple of Federalist Papers. Federalist 78 was Alexander Hamilton’s famous defense that proposed a federal judiciary. His argument was that it would be the branch that was least dangerous to the rights of the people. He was responding to the argument made by a critic of the federal judiciary who wrote under the pen name Brutus. Brutus argued, “they have made the judges independent in the fullest sense of the word.…

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    Helpless: Hamilton the Musical

    1780-a winter’s ball and The Schuyler Sisters are the envy of all yo! If you could marry a sister You’re rich son Is it a question of if Burr or which one? Hey Hey hey hey hey Hey hey ooh I do I do I do I do Hey ooh I do I do I do I do Boy you got me Helpless Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit I’m helpless Down for the count, and I’m drownin’ in ‘em I have never been the type to try and grab the spotlight We were at a revel with some rebels on a hot night Laughin’ at my…

  • 22. The Road to a Constitutional Convention
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    22. The Road to a Constitutional Convention

    Prof: Coming in to the home stretch. We’re moving towards the Constitution; it’s kind of amazing, kind of weird. And so, as a matter of fact, that’s what we’re going to be doing with today’s lecture, which is going to get us on the road to the Federal Convention. Now just a quick review before we plunge down the road. On Thursday, as I hope you all remember, I talked about some of the problems of the Articles of Confederation and I talked about things that caused confusion or complications like boundaries between states; I talked about Vermont; I talked about the state of Franklin; I talked about Shays’ Rebellion,…

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    Hamilton: The Man Who Invented America

    It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that Alexander Hamilton invented the United States of America. George Washington was the guiding star; Thomas Jefferson, the visionary; and Benjamin Franklin, the sage. But Hamilton was the pragmatist, the man who got it done. This most self-made of self-made men took a country with no past and planned its future. He was born on January 11, 1755 on the island of Nevis. This was not the Caribbean of your cruise fantasy—quite the contrary. As Ron Chernow writes in his biography of Hamilton, “While other founding fathers were reared in tidy New England villages or cosseted on baronial Virginia estates, [Hamilton]…

  • Hamilton on Federal Overreach
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    Hamilton on Federal Overreach

    Not valid. That’s what Alexander Hamilton called any federal act contrary to the Constitution. In Federalist paper #78, Hamilton wrote: “There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised is void.” And from this Hamilton drew the only logical conclusion. the road “No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.” In a nutshell, Hamilton told us the federal government is not supreme. Whatever authority it has was delegated to it by a higher authority – the people of the several states. If the federal government exercises any…

  • 23. Creating a Constitution
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    23. Creating a Constitution

    Prof: Before we begin, I have to make a true confession to you, my class, because you’re my class, and I have been confessing things all semester but this is– I basically set myself up for this failure and then realized– at the end of the class someone came up to me and asked me a question, and then I realized–Gaa! Okay. So remember how I told you how at UVA for five straight years I forgot Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, even though everything closed? Yeah. Guess what I didn’t say on Tuesday? I forgot it was Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. [laughter] I completely forgot. Someone came up at the end and…