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Department of History

Constitutional Controversies: Debating the Meaning of the U.S. Constitution

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 6:30pm

 Dr. Gordon Wood, Professor Emeritus, Brown University Department of History
Law School Auditorium

“Constitutional Controversies: Debating the Meaning of the U.S. Constitution”
Co-sponsored with the USC School of Law

  • Did the Founding Fathers adopt the U.S. Constitution primarily for political reasons—or economic ones? 
  • Was the Constitution designed to make the United States more democratic—or less?


Two of the most distinguished historians of the U.S. Constitution - both winners of the Bancroft Prize - debate its origins at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Gordon S. Wood, Brown University
Dr. Woody Holton, University of South Carolina

Moderated by Mr. Bill Nettles, U.S. Attorney for South Carolina

- Here is a flyer for this event
- Prof. Holton’s Op-Ed in The State newspaper on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, 2013
- See the article “Renowned Scholars Face Off in Constitution Cage-Match” in the local Free Times
Full video coverage of the event, including follow-up question and answer session.