Anti-Federalists and the Bill of Rights
- Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
- Time: 1:00 pm
- Location: Online
Did you know that the 1787 Constitutional Convention considered and rejected a Bill of Rights? Only after pressure from opponents of the new national government were the first 10 amendments adopted—but most of these “Anti-Federalists” were disappointed with the Bill of Rights. Using clips from the four-part documentary series Confounding Father: A Contrarian View of the U.S. Constitution, scholars will discuss the arguments of the Anti-Federalists and present-day controversies over how we teach this subject. Moderated by Richard Hall, director and co-producer of Confounding Father, panelists include Mary Sarah Bilder, professor of law at Boston College, and Woody Holton, history professor at the University of South Carolina.