Odyssey: Presidents Before Washington? Rediscovering the First American Government

Most Americans have heard of the Articles of Confederation, but they don't realize it was America's first constitution, and they probably couldn't tell you what it provided for: a unicameral Congress within a unitary system of government presided over by a president. What powers did this single chamber version of Congress have, and what powers did the states have? How many presidents were there under the Articles—and how did the presidency differ from what we have now? How were financial issues resolved—or were they? Most important, why did a new Constitution become necessary? Were the Articles "weak" as a criticism or by design, and if the latter, what was the problem with them? The first system of government was more of a regional entity than a single country, but that soon changed; however, the reasons for the changes may surprise you. Join Mark Croatti as he rediscovers America's forgotten first government, 1774-89.

918.121.01 Homewood Campus Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (1.5 hour lunch break) Cost: $95 (one all-day session)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.