A Republic, If You Can Keep It

When asked about the government that had been created at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” 232 years later, we still are trying to sustain the American Republic. Sometimes we are more successful, sometimes less; always we argue about what it means. This course will examine some of the founding documents and texts in Ameri- can political thought, and examine, too, how our practice lives up to the high promise of the American experiment in self-government. MSC

Required Book: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers, ISBN 978- 0486496368.

Course website: https://midcoastseniorcollege.org/current-course-websites/a-republic-if-you-can-keep-it/(opens in a new tab)

Doug Bennett taught political philosophy and public policy at Temple University, Reed College, and Earlham College. He retired as president of Earlham in 2011.

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