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Author: George H. Smith Narrator: Walter Cronkite Publisher: Knowledge Products Audio Length: Series:The US Constitution Series Release Date: March 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481538350

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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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    " 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. "

    - Jane, 2/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Jane, 6/3/2010

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.

About the Narrator

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.