Exactly 230 years ago, during a sweltering summer in Philadelphia, a group of revolutionary Americans holed themselves up in Independence Hall and drafted the U.S. Constitution. "This is the most radical body of democratic deliberation ever assembled," says Jeffrey Rosen, head of the National Constitution Center. And in a testament to their work over nearly four months, the document those 55 men produced still serves as the framework for American democracy.
It has, however, changed multiple times over the centuries since its drafting.
In the premier episode, we go back in time to summer 1787 and examine what made it into the original document and why -- the parts that have endured and those that have been contested ever since the Constitution's signing.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
In 1879, a case involving Chief Standing Bear came before a Nebraska courtroom and demanded an answer to the question: Are Native Americans considered human beings under the U.S. Constitution?
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