The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Michael J. Klarman, Benno Schmidt (moderator)
Tue, April 4th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
(Members $32)


The Founding Fathers’ crowning accomplishment—the Constitution—is revered today as the touchstone of our democracy. Less widely known, however, is the extent to which the process of ratification represented a tumultuous and precarious battle between rivaling interests. In a dynamic conversation, experts present a new perspective on the Nation’s shaping.

Michael J. Klarman is Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard University and author of The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution. Benno Schmidt (moderator) is the former president of Yale University and the former dean of Columbia Law School.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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