Jason Hartman talks with Joseph Tartakovsky, author of the new book The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds that Shaped America’s Supreme Law, about some of the great minds that formed our constitution, as well as why the US constitution has stood the test of time while others have failed. The two discuss the dissension amongst the Founding Fathers, as well as what ideas about the constitution are still debated to this day.
[2:24] Americans are the people who’ve lived under a written charter longer than any people on Earth. What has contributed to the longevity?
[5:03] The importance of Alexander Hamilton on the US Constitution
[9:04] The US’ structure of state and federal laws can make things complicated and caused citizens to demand the federal government expand to solve disputes
[11:08] Did Alexis de Tocqueville misunderstand America?
[14:25] Why Woodrow Wilson is so intriguing to Joseph