Saturday, June 6, 2015
On the Fact that Professors at Hillsdale College (in Conjunction with Their New Course on the Federalist Papers) Are Asserting that Alexander Hamilton Was One of the Chief Architects of the Constitution
It is total bullshit. As WestConn historian and author, Kevin Gutzman, has repeatedly pointed out in his scathing indictment of the course (citing numerous errors and trashing their conclusions), this Hamilton fellow a) left the Philadelphia convention early on and remained away for a month, b) wasn't even afforded a vote on the final product, and c) had made it abundantly clear that he didn't like the document and even said that it wasn't appreciably better than the Articles of Confederation. I mean, I know that Colleges like Hillsdale have a proclivity to glorify past historical figures and all (I'm also picking up a neoconservative vibe of late) but you have to be at least a little careful with the basics, for Christ.