Creating the Constitution: 1787

The Drama of American History
Narrated by: Jim Manchester
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Using a narrative format, Creating the Constitution details the events leading up to the writing of the US Constitution and what American leaders went through to create it. The authors describe the conflicts between the new states and the delegates each sent to the Constitutional Convention, as well as the work that was done to resolve the many issues at hand.

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Time well spent, but doesn't fully meet goals

I admire the authors' aims, and I (as a teacher) often use a very short, clipped outline as a way to introduce a topic. I work very hard clipping out details, and formulating simple explanations, to make something understandable in a short time. This gives the listener at least a good START on the topic, without overwhelming the listener with terminology and minutiae. A light step often serves the learning process well. But how could anyone explain such a deep and varied topic as this in less than 2 hours?

So, I enjoyed this work plenty, and would listen again. As far as it goes, it is well done. But I think no one should mistake this for a broad, all-encompassing view of this topic. It focuses quite well on some sub-topics, such as the negotations and trade-offs between the nascent states in building a federal government. But the constitution is such a vast confluence of ideas, personalities and history, that it surely deserves a more thorough treatment. No one can pretend to have a wide expertise in it after this listening alone.

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