Liberty and the Framers’ Conception of the Presidency


This conference explored the intentions of the Framers relating to the role of the Executive under the new Constitution, as well as Woodrow Wilson's critique of the original design.


Conference Readings

1787, “The Constitution of the United States” In The American Republic: Primary Sources, edited by Bruce Frohnen, 234-238. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Farrand, Max, editor. The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966.

Madison, James. The Debates on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution in the Convention held in Philadelphia in 1787, in Elliot’s Debates, Vol. 5, Supplementary. Edited by Jonathan Elliot. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1845.

Wilson, Woodrow. Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1885.

Wilson, Woodrow. Constitutional Government in the United States. New York: Columbia University Press, 1908.