A Chat With President Madison for the Younger Folk
President Madison (in costume) will entertain younger guests and talk about the Founding of the United States and the Constitution, along with other discussions of Early American History.
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This class will begin with President Madison talking about the issues of 1776 and struggle to build a government. He will explain the precarious circumstances that they found themselves in and the absolute necessity they saw of union. This is also the students' opportunity to just talk about history with someone from history. I have a whole set of topics and poems and readings and skits that I use in the longer classes I teach. We will certainly do some of those. As you can tell from the...
We shall cover in the political situation of the colonies leading up to the Revolution and after. We talk a lot about Power and Money, asking how it works and what it is. This will be the motivation for uniting the country with a strong central government, leading to the Constitution, of which Madison was the primary architect. We will talk about war and commerce, the near-obsession with having a "Pure Republican Form of Government" that would protect everyone's rights--if only everybody agreed. Assumption of the Debt, Discrimination between Debt Holders, the Residence, The First Bank of the United States, Washington's six Frigates often come up. The students will come away with a good understanding of the issues, along with an appreciation of the human beings involved. The Madisons, Jeffersons, Hamiltons, Washingtons, etc. will have faces and personalities, concerns, biases, blindness, nobility, love.
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55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Although we might talk about war, we will not go into any actual description of men fighting. Nor will we talk about slavery in any detail.
Bil LewisBil as James Madison / Bil as Computer Scientist
28 total reviews
45 completed classes
Bil Lewis is a Computer Scientist who has taught at Stanford and Tufts Universities. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who taught High School in Kenya and later in Palo Alto and Somerville. He is a Past District Governor for...