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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 a 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. In the Ask John series, Professor Kaminski addresses questions submitted by We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution students from all over the nation as they participated in the program and prepared for their 2018–19 We the People state competitions. Each of the videos are embedded on this page and are featured on our YouTube channel and Facebook


State Hearing Questions

Students preparing for the 2018-19 We the People state finals asked Professor Kaminski follow-up questions based on their reading of the We the People hearing questions. Download the We the People state questions here (pdf).


Question: Did the Founders think the amendment process would be used frequently?



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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.