Mr. Gerald Miller Attends Summer Workshop on James Madison and Constitutional Citizenship
Mr. Gerald Miller, Department Chairman of the La Salle College High School Social Studies Department, attended the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) workshop on “James Madison and Constitutional Citizenship” at James Madison’s Montpelier estate in Orange, VA from June 19 through the 24, 2011. Mr. Miller was one of 46 teachers from throughout the United States invited to study James Madison and the challenges he faced as writer of the Constitution, President of the United States, and citizen.
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During the workshop Mr. Miller explored James Madison's political biography encompasses the stages of his development, establishment, and maintenance of the American constitutional enterprise. The NEH Workshop reviewed Madison's life through six phases, Madison’s formative years, the young political actor, the Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights, his executive years, and his retirement years, each of these phases serve as a window into America's founding, linking political history and constitutional theory.
Examining these phases of Madison's life provided Mr. Miller with a profound understanding of the new vision of constitutional citizenship that is the very foundation of the American nation. The Workshop included a strong focus on primary documents. With selections from Madison's written record which were used as evidence of his political ideas taking shape and being shared with others. These documents clearly demonstrated Madison's awareness of the Constitution-making process-a process that includes much more than simply drafting a foundational text. This genesis of the American Constitution also remade the role and concept of citizenship. The new conceptualization of citizenship was examined through the use of present-day documents.