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Frederick Watson

Major: Philosophy and English
Topic: Reading the Constitution through History: A Look at Three Great Constitutional Debates.
Faculty Mentor:

People wonder if the American Constitution, like the Bible, could/should have different interpretations. Some people have a strict school of thought; the constitution should be taken in the literal sense only. It should not change over time. Others believe that it must be interpreted differently because ways of life change throughout history. I researched three separate debates (representing six men) throughout three distinct moments in time: Civil War, 1940's, and present day.

Favorite part of the project:

Engaging in research and writing affirmed my ambition of being a professor. Having very little knowledge of constitutional law when I started, this project had a steep learning curve. This was challenging and exciting and, of course, I learned a lot.