Erik J. Chaput teaches American history at The Lawrenceville School. He also teaches in the School of Continuing Education at Providence College.
The 2020 election is shaping up to be one of the most contentious in our nation’s history with a potential post-election crisis on the horizon. All presidential elections are vitally important. But there is much at stake in this heated contest, especially in regards to our constitutional order.
On Constitution Day, Sept.17, teachers should take time to explore a pivotal time in Early American history that resembles today’s fractious political culture. Constitution Day is observed each year to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
This September also marks the 220th anniversary of a major slave conspiracy that sent shock waves through national politics and affected the presidential election, a deadlocked contest that tested the Constitution and was eventually settled in the House of Representatives months after the…