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The Constitution is the most important document in American history. Its ratification in 1788 created a nation; its interpretation through centuries has determined the body of law under which we live.But the Constitution is not a staid document drafted by legal scholars. It is the vibrant work of American revolutionaries who wished to secure the principles for which they h The Constitution is the most important document in American history. Its ratification in 1788 created a nation; its interpretation through centuries has determined the body of law under which we live.But the Constitution is not a staid document drafted by legal scholars. It is the vibrant work of American revolutionaries who wished to secure the principles for which they had fought a war, and won. Some delegates to the Constitutional Convention had refused to sign the Constitution; Rhode Island had even refused to send representation. And so the Constitution was subjected to the harsh process of ratification by the states in a series of heated debates. Where, many asked, was a bill of rights? And from Virginia, the question resounded: What was the status of slavery?Expertly narrated by Walter Cronkite, All You Want to Know: The Constitutional Convention and the Ratification Debates is an enlightening look at America's most important document.


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The Constitution is the most important document in American history. Its ratification in 1788 created a nation; its interpretation through centuries has determined the body of law under which we live.But the Constitution is not a staid document drafted by legal scholars. It is the vibrant work of American revolutionaries who wished to secure the principles for which they h The Constitution is the most important document in American history. Its ratification in 1788 created a nation; its interpretation through centuries has determined the body of law under which we live.But the Constitution is not a staid document drafted by legal scholars. It is the vibrant work of American revolutionaries who wished to secure the principles for which they had fought a war, and won. Some delegates to the Constitutional Convention had refused to sign the Constitution; Rhode Island had even refused to send representation. And so the Constitution was subjected to the harsh process of ratification by the states in a series of heated debates. Where, many asked, was a bill of rights? And from Virginia, the question resounded: What was the status of slavery?Expertly narrated by Walter Cronkite, All You Want to Know: The Constitutional Convention and the Ratification Debates is an enlightening look at America's most important document.

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