What is the U.S. Constitution’s vision of politics, and how does this vision shape modern judicial controversies? In this course, we examine historical thought and modern jurisprudence in several areas of Constitutional law, such as federalism, the role of state governments, the separation of powers, private property, and the First Amendment. In each of these areas, we study historical accounts of Constitutional thinking. We compare and contrast these historical accounts with modern Supreme Court rulings in each of these areas. The goal of this course is not to cover a comprehensive history of constitutional law. Instead, we focus on examining how past Constitutional thought relates to modern jurisprudential arguments. Students will be expected to write papers that critically analyze Constitutional arguments, rather than simply recounting judicial rulings.