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Publisher's Summary

A captivating 24-lecture audio series on the US Constitution by award-winning law professor David L. Hudson Jr. 

Written more than 200 years ago, the Constitution remains the backbone of American government and an example of freedom and democracy the world over. Once called the “Miracle at Philadelphia,” it remains America’s vital governing force today.

Join Prof. Hudson to learn how and why this foundational document came to be and how it has been interpreted and applied to all facets of American life. As Janis Adams Kyser, Director of the Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement, writes, “His true gift is educating students, educators, professors, and citizens on the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and American liberties.... I could write for hours about the qualities of David Hudson.”

Your audio course will begin in the summer of 1787, as the Founding Fathers met to revise the Articles of Confederation, then explore the ratification process and James Madison’s championing of the Bill of Rights. After considering pivotal moments in constitutional history, including later amendments and influential periods of the Supreme Court, you’ll explore contemporary ramifications of the First Amendment as well as the articles of impeachment.

Through captivating lectures, you’ll not only learn how the Constitution was formed, but travel through history to see how it has shaped US politics ever since. You’ll see powerful examples of how the Constitution ensured that the United States would be governed by the rule of law.

After listening to this series, you’ll have a greater appreciation for the sweaty work that forged the Constitution, as well as the document’s role throughout US history. Don’t miss this chance to engage more fully with the work that changed the United States forever.

This course is part of the Learn25 collection.

©2019 Now You Know Media (P)2019 Now You Know Media

Critic Reviews

"David L. Hudson, Jr., is the ‘Teacher’s Teacher.’ His true gift is educating students, educators, professors, and citizens on the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and American liberties.... I could write for hours about the qualities of David Hudson." (Janis Adams Kyser, director, Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement)

"David has an uncanny ability to explain complex issues of constitutional law in very understandable language. You do not have to be a constitutional scholar to follow his presentations, but you sure feel like one while listening to him." (J. Joshua Wheeler, George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School)

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The Content is worth the listen

David Hudson is clearly a Constitutional scholar. His knowledge of the history of the constitution and Supreme Court cases are astounding. He presents each lecture in a very compact way that is easy to listen to and for the most part, the language isn't strictly designed for lawyers or law students. In some lectures, I had to stop the audio and go look up a word or two, but mostly the delivery is on an undergraduate collegiate level in terms of vocabulary. The only issue I had with the audiobook was the lack of audio quality (sirens in the background, loud background white noise, etc.) and the lack of editing (mistakes were not edited out; diction problems weren't addressed when they happened; the pacing was inconsistent throughout - sometimes I thought my app has crashed because the pauses were so long in certain places.) Hudson is obviously a dynamic speaker. By the time you get to the 4th or 5th lecture, you can understand why he narrated this himself. The first few lectures are very mechanical. Once he loosens up and gets comfortable (and the listener gets used to the audio in the background), it's an easy listen. If you are at all interested in the creation and inner workings of the US Constitution, this is a great book to start that research.

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A Must-Listened to By Every American

I have been covering the news in the Middle East, especially Egypt since the Arab Spring and I did not realize the importance of the constitution until I covered the voting on the Egyptian constitution in 2012 and the entire conflict happened around it until the military coup in 2013 that canceled 2012’s constitution. I realized then how important this document is. I also realized that powerful countries have powerful constitutions allowing them to protect individual freedom, their democracies, and the country’s fundamental principles. After all, we live in a complicated Postmodernism that is full of laws. I always wondered why America has been the most powerful country in the world for over 150 years until I found David Hudson's course that explained to me why. Now, I know; it is the constitution. Since the military coup in Egypt, I have been looking for a source to tell me the whole story of the American constitution. I tried reading some books and even the constitution itself and listening to some audio books and courses but they were extremely boring. I must say that Professor David Hudson is a great storyteller. He converted a boring topic into a great story. I kept listening for hours without feeling bored. David’s voice is full of passion. His words are clear and I kept imagining the events happening while listening. Thank you, Prof. David and learn25 for this audio book.

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Great starter for understanding the constitution

The lecture series is a great way to structure this information, it’s broken up into 25 minute segments that are perfect for commutes. The speaker goes into a lot of detail about the origination of the constitution, amendments, and hand picked Supreme Court cases. The audio quality isn’t perfect when compared to the high production standards of audiobooks but it is good for the lecture format. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the constitution and our country.

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This guy knows his stuff

David Hudson is a man of many talents (check out his Boxing book!) This product serves as a wonderful introduction to the US Constitution. Not just what the piece of paper means, but the context of the world and time it was created. A must listen for anyone interested in the beginning of the United States

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Could Not Do Better as a Primer

The American Constitution 101, by David L. Hudson. If you want to have a good understanding of what is, why is and what does it do for me and my living on this earth, The American Constitution 101, should be put on your reading list immediately and read directly thereupon. This is just a good concise statement of the what is, why is, and what does it do for me. This is not legalese. This is a political understanding, not a technical legal display. For that purpose, this study is highly recommended.

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Knowledge is power!

Loved learning more about the American constitution. Every American should learn as much as possible about this document and why it makes America so great! Highly recommend!

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Legit.

I enjoyed this a lot. Kept my attention and brought me great insight to the Constitution. Tremendous.

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Great introduction to the Constitution

David L. Hudson provides an amazing introduction to the US Constitution and a vital retrospect for those that are already familiar with US history. The American Constitution 101 reveals how this colossal document, the backbone of America, came to be and how it influences America and the rest of the world to this day. While we often imagine stern men in powdered wigs when the concept of the Constitution comes in, after reading this, it’s easy to see how the fateful actions of America’s Founding Fathers shape the everyday existence of millions of people in America and outside it. Highly recommended!

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Increased my awe for the Founding Fathers

Through this audio course, I learned far more about the Constitution than I ever did in school. While I knew the basics of the Constitutional Convention and the Articles of Confederation, I never before realized how tenuous the drafting and ratification of this essential document actually was. Hudson is a gifted storyteller, and his knowledge is immense. Highly recommend!

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Excellent Audiobook

David Hudson's passion for the Constitution and our freedoms as Americans is contagious. He's got a great way of communicating the law for laymen, and a big booming voice which makes for easy listening in the car.

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You Become Part of an Exciting Journey

In the first few minutes I was hooked. I started listening to this book expecting to get bored quickly, but Professor Hudson has the knowledge of intricate details that make you become part of an exciting journey - the creation of the American Constitution. Professor Hudson goes beyond the well-worn path of known people, places and events and takes you behind the doors, in the middle of the controversies and into the minds of the Founding Fathers, the Framers of the United States of America. This book is not just for people with an interest in American history. It is for anyone who wants to understand how politics of the nation, region and world have been shaped from the creation of the system of government defined in the American Constitution. Interestingly, the teachings on the articles of impeachment are incredibly relevant and timely. They are a perfect aid for anyone who wants to have full and accurate picture of the ramifications of current political events.