FMU to observe Constitution Day, Sept. 15
FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will observe Constitution Day, Thursday, Sept. 15, with a presentation by Dr. William K. Bolt, FMU instructor of history.
The program will begin at 4 p.m. in the Lee Nursing Building’s Thomason Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
The lecture is titled “James Madison v. John C. Calhoun: The Founding Father and the Rebellious Son.”
A native of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Bolt began teaching at Francis Marion in 2009. He has published articles in American Nineteenth Century History and the Journal of East Tennessee History. For four years, Dr. Bolt served as an Assistant Editor at the James K. Polk Project where he researched, edited, and transcribed documents that have been published in volume 11 of the Correspondence of James K. Polk. His dissertation, “The Tariff in the Age of Jackson,” analyzes the rancorous tariff debates of the antebellum era.
Constitution Day honors the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia inserted language into the 2005 federal spending bill that requires all educational institutions, including colleges and universities, which receive federal funds from any agency to have programming for Constitution.
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