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20 years after the publication of Vital Remnants: America’s Founding and the Western Tradition, a book that set out to help America remember her vital roots in the western tradition, Dr. Gary L. Gregg II takes up the title of Vital Remnants once more to continue the mission of serving the future by remembering, thinking about, and learning from the great thinkers of the past. Join Dr. Gregg as he guides listeners through some of the most important texts in human history. Whether you are looking for help in reaching a long abandoned reading goal and continuing your life-long learning, or looking for leadership and life lessons from something deeper than the latest self-help book, Gregg brings a quarter of a century's worth of experience teaching leadership to help you along the way. Vital Remnants from our shared past await to inspire, encourage, and teach us today just as they changed the world we have inherited.

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Feb 1, 2021


In this eighth episode of Season 4 of Vital Remnants, McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary L. Gregg II takes readers through Federalist 37-46 and eights writings from the Anti-Federalists in Reflection and Choice: The Federalists, The Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America, edited by Gary L. Gregg II and Aaron N. Coleman. 

Dr. Gregg discusses the Federalists' argument for the structure of power outlined in the U.S. Constitution and its approach the tension between states and the proposed federal government. This section also covers the Necessary and Proper Clause. The Anti-Federalists' perspective on federalism is discussed at length in episode 9 of Vital Remnants. 

Corresponding Reading  

Section 7, pp. 243-324 of Gary L. Gregg II and Aaron N. Coleman, Reflection and Choice: The Federalists, The Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America. 

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Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II, McConnell Center Director 

Producer and Editor: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator  

Co-Editor: Will Randolph, McConnell Scholar