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The Ask John Project, sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American Constitution and the Center for Civic Education, is an eight-week video series that offers a unique opportunity for students and teachers to learn about the Founding Period and constitutional history by interacting with Professor John Kaminski from the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He will be addressing questions submitted by We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution students from all over the nation as they participate in the program and prepare for their 2017–18 We the People state competitions this fall.

Each week, high school students have the opportunity to submit questions via Google Forms or by sending them to Tim Moore at tdmoore2@wisc.edu. Professor Kaminski will address these questions submitted by students. Students should submit their inquiries no later than the Tuesday preceding the release of the video the following Monday, as indicated in the schedule below.

For your convenience, we will embed each of the videos on this page and upload them to our YouTube channel and to Facebook.  A schedule of deadlines for questions and the videos is below.


Schedule of Questions and Videos

The unit questions referred to below are from the We the People state hearing questions. Professor Kaminski will be covering the questions listed below from Units 1-5. Download the questions here (pdf).


Week 1: Unit 1, Question 1


John Kaminski’s answers to Unit 1, Question 1:


1760s

Professor Kaminski answers questions about the 1760s


1770s

Click here to watch Professor Kaminski answers questions about the 1770s (this is the same video, but starting at about 39:35).




Week 2: Unit 1, Question 3

John Kaminski’s answers to Unit 1, Question 3:




Week 3: Unit 2, Question 1
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Questions on Unit 2, Question 1 are submitted here   
Monday, October 2, 2017 - John Kaminski’s answers to Unit 2, Question 1 will be posted on this page


Week 4: Unit 2, Question 2
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - Questions on Unit 2, Question 2 are submitted here
Monday, October 9, 2017 -  John Kaminski’s answers to Unit 2, Question 2 will be posted on this page 


Week 5: Unit 2, Question 3
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Questions on Unit 2, Question 3 are submitted here
Monday, October 16, 2017 -  John Kaminski’s answers to Unit 2, Question 3 will be posted on this page  

        
Week 6: Unit 3, Questions 2 and 3
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - Questions on Unit 3, Questions 2 and 3 are submitted here    
Monday, October 23, 2017 -  John Kaminski’s answers to Unit 3, Questions 2 and 3 will be posted on this page  


Week 7: Unit 4, Questions 1, 2, and 3
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - Questions on Unit 4, Questions 1, 2, and 3 are submitted here    
Monday, October 30, 2017 -  John Kaminski’s answers to Unit 4, Questions 1, 2, and 3 will be posted on this page 

    
Week 8: Unit 5, Question 1
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Questions on Unit 5, Question 1 are submitted here
November 6, 2017 -  John Kaminski’s answers to Unit 5, Question 1 will be posted on this page


About John P. KaminskiJohn Kaminski


Since 1969 John Kaminski has edited The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Twenty-nine volumes of this monumental work have been published to date. In 1981 he founded and still directs The Center for the Study of the American Constitution in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has written dozens of articles and published another twenty-six books on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the federal judiciary, slavery, and the Founding Fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Abigail Adams, the Marquis de Lafayette, Thomas Paine, and others.