In 1783, as America emerged from a long and bitter war for independence, men like Thomas Jefferson saw the possibility of something new under the sun: a government which derived its just power from the consent of those governed. A convention was formed in Philadelphia, and after more than three months of passionate debate, conflict, and compromise, the United States Constitution was passed. It then went through a further series of refinements as the thirteen states debated the terms of its ratification.
The US Constitution established a strong central government and also protected state sovereignty. But to say that something is of two parts is not to say that the parts are equal. Over and over, the delegates clashed over the rights and powers of these two parts. Slavery, a bill of rights, legislative representation—all the battles over these issues are enshrined in the language of the Constitution. This presentation will help you to fully appreciate the Constitution by better understanding the questions it sought to resolve.
The United States Constitution Boxed Set includes:
The Constitutional Convention The Ratification Debates The Text of the United States Constitution The Bill of Rights and Additional Amendments
About the Author
George H. Smith is an author, editor, educator, and speaker. His first book was the very popular Atheism: The Case against God. Smith began teaching in the 1970s and for nearly twenty years spent his summers instructing university students in political philosophy and American political and intellectual history at seminars sponsored by the Cato Institute and the Institute for Humane Studies. His many articles and book reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Reason, the New York Times, and the Journal of Libertarian Studies.
Wendy McElroy has written on women's issues for Reason, Liberty, and the National Review. She is the author of several books on feminism and has worked as a scholar for such think tanks as the Cato Institute. She was a 1997 Mencken Award finalist.
Walter Cronkite (1916–2009), narrator of the United States Constitution series, was called the most trusted man in America. That trust stemmed from his leadership position in American journalism for more than forty years.