Corruption in America Part 1: Two Centuries of Constitutional Ideals and Practical Politics
Tuesday, April 17 at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Janet Leigh Theatre
3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211
OLLI@Pacific lecture by Gene Bigler. THe potential for political corruption to undermine the new republic they were forming was by far the greatest fear of the Framers for the Constitution they were creating. Sex and media scandals, foreign conspiracies and the death of Alexander Hamilton in a duel marked just the first twenty years of the republic even before the hurly burly of westward expansion, spoils and machine politics, sectional divisions, civil war and three dreadful financial panics repeatedly threatened national disaster. The extent to which such repeated scandals and catastrophies were understood and reacted to, at least partially as corruption crises, provides a framework for understaning what the Framers feared the most and how the nation was able to thrive and deepen democractic traditions despite the challenges.