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American Ideas: Framing the Constitution

September 22, 2011

George Washington and James Madison discuss creation of the Constitution and intent of the founders.

Chat Room Archive

Sep 20 2011, 10:50 AM

Jack (guest): Here's a question for the presidents. Why did you think the Articles of Confederation wouldn't work for the new government?

Sep 20 2011, 10:52 AM

Laura (guest): Why didn't you end slavery when you had the chance?

Sep 21 2011, 9:55 AM

Guest899 (guest): Twelve amendments to the Constitution were submitted to Congress in 1789, but only ten were approved to become the Bill of Rights. Which two were eliminated and why?

Sep 21 2011, 10:19 AM

Charles Swinford: Why frame the governments as a representative republic instead of a direct democracy?

Sep 21 2011, 12:46 PM

chainedbear: What do you think will happen with slavery after you are long gone? Do you realize this nation could actually break apart over this issue? If you'd known that would happen, what would you have done differently in enshrining slavery in the Constitution of a free republic?

Sep 21 2011, 1:45 PM

Guest914 (guest): I would ask if they had fears that the country wouldn't last.

Sep 22 2011, 11:10 AM

Guest285 (guest): What was George Washington's favorite food?

Sep 22 2011, 11:38 AM

Jack (guest): Now that we have a standing military, is the right to bears arms for the citizens necessary?

Sep 22 2011, 12:25 PM

Randy Taylor: Our political economic and financial systems as well as mechanisms for transmission of the underlying values needed are a very long way from those of constitutional values. Is it possible and if so what is the path back?

Sep 22 2011, 1:49 PM

Kathleen Yorke: hello all

Sep 22 2011, 1:52 PM

Kathleen Yorke: What kept General Washington going thru all the hard times in battle?

Sep 22 2011, 1:53 PM

Mike (guest): Did you ever imagine a time when the political leaders of the nation would campaign endlessly and put their own election above the good of the nation?

Sep 22 2011, 1:55 PM

JackN (guest): Was there ever a time during the writing of the Constitution when the various parties involved refused to compromise for the good of the whole?

Sep 22 2011, 1:59 PM

Guest715 (guest): I wonder how they handled partisan bickering.

Sep 22 2011, 2:01 PM

Guest715 (guest): Did they ever seek out the advice of women on political matters?

Sep 22 2011, 2:12 PM

Sadea Ramsay: This is awesome.

Sep 22 2011, 2:17 PM

Guest880 (guest): Washington is the man.

Sep 22 2011, 2:22 PM

JackN (guest): Excellent webcast. Very nicely produced. Would be fantastic TV. Congratulations.

Sep 22 2011, 2:22 PM

Susan Burgess Hoffman: This is a living government, changing and growing with each generation, how did you envision the next generation handling your visions? What hopes did you have for them, in reference to how they handled issues even you could not solve?

Sep 22 2011, 2:24 PM

Janet (guest): Very interesting discussion on slavery - why it was not abolished at the convention and the detrimental effect it had on the southern (Va) view of labor.

Sep 22 2011, 2:26 PM

1776 (guest): This is fantastic. Thanks for making it available.

Sep 22 2011, 2:27 PM

1776 (guest): Madison looks great!

Sep 22 2011, 2:29 PM

Guest715 (guest): These are important words for our time.

Sep 22 2011, 2:30 PM

Tom (guest): Good conversation on the necessity of a Bill of Rights. Might have gone a little deeper, but a good starter for further discussion.

Sep 22 2011, 2:32 PM

Janet (guest): and the fact that it cannot prevent the rise of a majority who could take all those rights away - they are not absolute!

Sep 22 2011, 2:37 PM

Guest760 (guest): An informed electorate relies upon truthful media that is not present today.

Sep 22 2011, 2:39 PM

1776 (guest): Look at the newspapers from back in the day. Very partisan

Sep 22 2011, 2:40 PM

Guest760 (guest): Partisan is not the same as outright lies

Sep 22 2011, 2:41 PM

Guest880 (guest): haha fox news

Sep 22 2011, 2:42 PM

1776 (guest): Enough with Meet The Press.....put Washington and Madison back on

Sep 22 2011, 2:43 PM

Guest406 (guest): the ability for people to organize has been greatly amplified social networking and the internet

Sep 22 2011, 2:43 PM

Guest715 (guest): I think this is a nice balance.

Sep 22 2011, 2:44 PM

Guest406 (guest): the youth's desire to educate themselves on how the government works is related to their feeling that they can change it

Sep 22 2011, 2:45 PM

Guest406 (guest): I feel like the general stereotypical view of our government is that all politicians are liars

Sep 22 2011, 2:46 PM

Guest760 (guest): Survival of DEMOCRACY????? This is NOT a DEMOCRACY!!!

Sep 22 2011, 2:46 PM

Tom (guest): One cannot educate based on the "feelings" of students. Some things need to be taught and reinforced regardless of how relevant a 15 year old thinks it may be. That is the job of educators.

Sep 22 2011, 2:46 PM

Guest406 (guest): Capitalism has greatly affected the government's ability to function without greed and lies

Sep 22 2011, 2:46 PM

Guest406 (guest): Tom that is true

Sep 22 2011, 2:47 PM

Guest715 (guest): When history and social studies are pushed aside by state-mandated standards, it sends a message about what is valued.

Sep 22 2011, 2:48 PM

Tom (guest): Check the core curriculum. It's a nightmare generated by political entities.

Sep 22 2011, 2:49 PM

Guest406 (guest): How do you feel about the distribution of blame within the government. I feel like we the people don't put accountability on certain areas of the government because of the peoples lack of education on how the government works

Sep 22 2011, 2:51 PM

Guest406 (guest): What did the constitution do for government transparency?

Sep 22 2011, 2:53 PM

Guest673 (guest): The constitution was not written to create government transparency, it was written to allow wealthy landowners to legitimatize wresting power from the existing government in Britain.

Sep 22 2011, 2:55 PM

Guest406 (guest): How did the president's wife feel about the consitution?

Sep 22 2011, 2:56 PM

1776 (guest): This woman speaking is one of Colonial Williamsburg's all time best!

Sep 22 2011, 2:56 PM

LYC (guest): Would Presidents Madison and Washington have supported a federal level education program?

Sep 22 2011, 3:00 PM

Guest406 (guest): How do they feel about the public's reaction to the constitution?

Sep 22 2011, 3:03 PM

LYC (guest): Here, here. Outstanding presentation.

Sep 22 2011, 3:03 PM

cwconnect: These were great questions. Thank you for participating. Our next webcast is October 5, 2011, about Freedom of Religion. Join us!

Sep 22 2011, 3:03 PM

Slook (guest): This was very interesting. I liked the debate. I would like to hear students chime in more!

Sep 22 2011, 3:04 PM

Sadea Ramsay: Great job! I enjoyed this a lot!

Sep 22 2011, 3:05 PM

Guest553 (guest): I enjoyed the webcast but would like to know how it could be viewed on I-pad or I-phone?

Sep 22 2011, 3:08 PM

cwconnect: Unfortunately our live webcasts are currently Flash only. We're sorry for the inconvenience. The archive video of this webcast (coming soon) and the rest of our Connect video assets are iOS compatible.

Sep 22 2011, 3:12 PM

Guest553 (guest): Will the archived webcast be posted on the home page? Thanks.

Sep 22 2011, 3:17 PM

cwconnect: We'll be posting the archive video within the next two weeks. Please check back and thanks again for your participation.