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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George H. Smith Narrator: Walter Cronkite Publisher: Knowledge Products Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The US Constitution Series Release Date:
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In 1783, America emerged from a long and bitter war for Independence. The thirteen colonies were now thirteen sovereign states, bound together by the Articles of Confederation. After years of war, 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. But the Continental Congress was bankrupt from the war, and many of the thirteen states refused to contribute money or to cooperate with each other.

In May 1787, delegates gathered in Philadelphia to attend a convention. After more than three months of passionate debate, conflict, and compromise, the United States Constitution was passed, establishing a national government. But to become the law of the land, the Constitution had to be independently ratified by at least nine of the thirteen states.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 2/28/2013

    " I forgot my history lessons, if they ever covered this topic in such detail. The founding fathers had much debate and controversy over such matters as the common man's opinion, the flawed nature of democracy and the entitlement of men of property. A good refresher for contemporary debate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 6/3/2010

    " I forgot my history lessons, if they ever covered this topic in such detail. The founding fathers had much debate and controversy over such matters as the common man's opinion, the flawed nature of democracy and the entitlement of men of property. A good refresher for contemporary debate. "

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About the Narrator

Walter Cronkite, Jr. (1916–2009), was an American broadcast journalist best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News between 1962 and 1981. During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as the most trusted man in America after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II, the Nuremberg trials, combat in the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the United States space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of a Moon Rock Award. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase And thats the way it is.