The Story of the American Constitution—Beginning with the Mayflower Compact on the 400th Anniversary of Its Voyage to America | Downtown Alliance

The Story of the American Constitution—Beginning with the Mayflower Compact on the 400th Anniversary of Its Voyage to America

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Dec 5, 2020
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
China Institute
104 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006
Free
Online seminar. On November 21, 1620 (November 11, old calendar), the English ship Mayflower arrived in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, carrying 102 English emigrants from Plymouth, England. Prior to its landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 41 adult male passengers aboard signed a document that pledged to establish “a civil body of politick” among themselves. The document, now known the Mayflower Compact, was the first voluntarily signed political agreement in the United States history, establishing a precedent for the making of United States Constitution in 1787. The Constitution, enacted in 1789, has since been regarded as “the supreme Law of the Land,” on which the survival and development of the American Republic has relied until today. Why and how was the Constitution created? How was it structured then? What was it supposed to function? What are the current challenges that it confronts? These will be the questions to be addressed by Professor Wang Xi at this lecture.
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Location Info

104 Washington Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10006