August 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Meg Mott, professor of Politics at Marlboro College, to discuss the 1st, 2nd, 19th and 20th amendments to the US Constitution. These talks will happen outdoors in salon-style seating.

The Tenth Amendment was added to the Bill of Rights to reinforce the sovereignty of the states. Congress may have the powers to legislate national issues, such as interstate highways and the postal service, but the states retain the authority set up their police, their schools, their marriage laws, and anything else having to do with the health and wellness of the people. When it came to dismantling slavery, state sovereignty was an unassailable obstacle. When it comes to treating infectious disease, however, most states have proved to be far more effective at protecting their people than the federal government. We shall consider the disadvantages and possibilities of our complicated federal system. In case of heavy rain, this outside event will take place on Thursday August 27 at 7 pm.