2006 Conference

The 1st Annual International Conference in American History,

Boston University 2006

The Constitution and Public Policy in American History

The first conference held at Boston University in 2006 was published as a Special Issue of the Journal of Policy History Vol. 20, No. 1 (2008)

March 10-11, 2006, CAS Dean’s Conference Room, Boston University

Friday, March 10, 2006

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-1:30:                Introduction by Boston University Provost David Campbell

1:30-3:30:                Session I

“The Misunderstood Origins of Judicial Review: Constitutionalism and the Colonial Period”

Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College

“From Blood to Profit:  the Transformation of Value in the American Constitutional Tradition”

Christine Desan, Harvard University

“Constitutional Revision and the City: The Enforcement Acts and Urban America, 1870-1894.”

David Quigley, Boston College

Commentator: Brendan McConville, Boston University

3:30-4:00:                Break

4:00-6:00:                Session II

“Police and Perfection: Constituting an Enlightened State”

Christopher Tomlins, American Bar Foundation

“’A man may quibble for his life:’ Reversible Error, the Death Penalty, and the Massachusetts Supreme

Judicial Court”

Alan Rogers, Boston College

“The Least Vaccinated of Any Civilized Country‚: Law, Liberty, and Public Health in the Progressive Era”

Michael Willrich, Brandeis University

Commentator:  Gerry Leonard, Boston University

7:00-10:00             Dinner

Saturday, March 11, 2006

8:30-9:30               Breakfast

9:30-11:30              Session III

The Laboratories of Reform: Fiscal Innovations and State Constitutions”

Ajay Mehrota, Indiana University

“Woodrow Wilson and a World Governed by Evolutionary Law”

John Thompson, Cambridge University

“The South Challenges the Court: The Southern Manifesto of 1956”

Anthony Badger, Cambridge University

Commentator:  Mary Dudziak, University of Southern California

11:30-12:30             Lunch

12:30-2:30             Session IV

“The People and Amending the Constitution: Revisiting the Equal Rights Amendment Battle”

Donald Critchlow, Saint Louis University

“Bureaucracy and Democracy: Public Policy in Modern America”

Morton Keller, Brandeis University

“Millennialism, Marionology and Popular Anti-Communism: Origins of the Christian Right”

Jonathan Zeitz, Cambridge University

Commentator:  James Kloppenberg, Harvard University

2:30-3:00            Concluding Thoughts, Comments for Revision