The Constitutional Convention of 1787: Constructing the American Republic (Reacting to the Past) (Paperback)
A new way to learn history—by living it
A Norton original in the Reacting to the Past series, The Constitutional Convention of 1787: Constructing the American Republic brings to life the debates that most profoundly shaped American government. As representatives to the Convention, students must investigate the ideological arguments behind possible structures for a new government and create a new constitution.
Reacting to the Past is an award-winning series of immersive role-playing games that actively engage students in their own learning. Students assume the roles of historical characters and practice critical thinking, primary source analysis, and argument, both written and spoken. Reacting games are flexible enough to be used across the curriculum, from first-year general education classes and discussion sections of lecture classes to capstone experiences and honors programs.
John Patrick Coby is professor of government at Smith College, where he teaches courses in political theory. He is the author of four books and of numerous scholarly articles and reviews. His books are Socrates and the Sophistic Enlightenment: A Commentary on Plato’s Protagoras; Machiavelli’s Romans: Liberty and Greatness in the Discourses on Livy; Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament; and Thomas Cromwell: Machiavellian Statecraft and the English Reformation. He has just finished a fifth book, America’s Founding: The Constitutional Convention of 1787. He is the recipient of three teaching prizes: the Smith College Faculty Teaching Award, the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching, and the Board of Trustees Honored Professor Award.