Unit 2: How Did the Framers Create the Constitution? with Ben Rubin - Context Travel

Unit 2: How Did the Framers Create the Constitution? with Ben Rubin


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In our second 'We the People in Context' seminar, Ben Rubin will address the question: How Did the Framers Create the Constitution?. Ben Rubin holds a bachelor's degree from Hanover College, a Master's from Western Carolina University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Drew University. He is also a graduate of the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. Read more about Ben Rubin below.

This Conversation is one of a series in which we explore the We the People program Units 1-6. These Conversations are designed to foster discussion with an expert and explore your questions and curiosity on this week’s topic through the interactive Q&A. 

Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

  • Unit 1: What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System? With Dr. Richard Bell
  • Unit 2: How Did the Framers Create the Constitution? With Ben Rubin
  • Unit 3: How Has the Constitution Been Changed to Further the Ideals Contained in the Declaration of Independence? With Dr. Susan Lagon
  • Unit 4: How Have the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices? With Dr. Jeremi Suri
  • Unit 5: What Rights Does the Bill of Rights Protect? With Ben Rubin
  • Unit 6: What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-first Century? With Dr. Jeremi Suri

Ben Rubin is a public historian specializing in the American Revolution and Early America. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from Hanover College, a Master’s in American History from Western Carolina University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in History and Culture at Drew University, as well a graduate of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. Ben taught history and writing at Bloomfield College for five years before leaving academia to start his own music education business, JC Instrumental. He continues to work in public history with Context Travel, leading both in-person walking tours and virtual conversations on early American history, and at Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, where he has been a fellow since 2007. His work has been published in both academic and public history journals, and you can hear him most recently as a featured guest on the History Happy Hour podcast. He currently lives in Jersey City, New Jersey with his wife Dana, daughter Sylvie, and dog Oslo, and spends his free time playing music, rock climbing, playing board games, and following Cincinnati Reds baseball.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 60 minute Q&A.

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Very informative, more interactive than just an overview

I was anticipating of at least an hour of retelling of the topic. Mr Rubin only spent about 45 minutes on the overview of the topic. The remaining time he spent answering participants comments and questions according to his research and conclusions. It was really appreciative to have participants considerations and conclusions acknowledged and agreed or disagreed based on factual evidence he presented.

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I loved it.

Fascinating. Excellent applied political theory.

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Highly informative. Clear enough for a non-history teacher, etc., to follow. Power Point was effective. Response to Qs was thought-provoking. Enjoyed others who chimed in on Qs.

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Very informative, more interactive than just an overview

I was anticipating of at least an hour of retelling of the topic. Mr Rubin only spent about 45 minutes on the overview of the topic. The remaining time he spent answering participants comments and questions according to his research and conclusions. It was really appreciative to have participants considerations and conclusions acknowledged and agreed or disagreed based on factual evidence he presented.

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L.
I loved it.

Fascinating. Excellent applied political theory.

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s.a.

Highly informative. Clear enough for a non-history teacher, etc., to follow. Power Point was effective. Response to Qs was thought-provoking. Enjoyed others who chimed in on Qs.