What do you know about the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution?
Caitlin Galante-DeAngelis Hopkins, a Lecturer in the History Department at Harvard University and a former research associate for the Harvard and Slavery Project, joins us to explore the origins of the Eleventh Amendment and why the United States added it to its Constitution.
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The Eleventh Amendment revised Article 3, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. It states that an inhabitant of one state cannot sue another state nor can a foreign citizen bring a lawsuit against any state.
Why was such an amendment necessary? Caitlin Galente-DeAngelis Hopkins, a Lecturer in the History Department at Harvard University and a former research associate for the Harvard and Slavery Project, joins us to explore the origins of the Eleventh Amendment and why the United States added it to its Constitution.
What You’ll Discover
- The Eleventh Amendment
- William Vassall
- The Vassall Family and their use of the British American legal system
- Lawsuit against a Harvard Tutor
- Neutrals and loyalists during the American Revolution
- How a foreign citizen brought a lawsuit against Massachusetts
- Massachusetts works against William Vassall’s lawsuit
- The origins of the Eleventh Amendment
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Harvard and Slavery Project
- Caitlin on Twitter
- BFW Virtual Reading Group
- Ben Franklin’s World Listener Community on Facebook
- Episode 107: Mary Sarah Bilder, Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention
- Episode 143: Michael Klarman, The Making of the United States Constitution
- Episode 259: American Legal History & the Bill of Rights
- Episode 260: Creating the First Ten Amendments
- Episode 261: Creating the Fourth Amendment
- Episode 262: Interpreting the Fourth Amendment
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