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A History of the U.S. Constitution

Writing the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (#103)

3. Writing the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
1774 - First Continental Congress Meets in Philadelphia
1776 - Declaration of Independence
1786 – Shays’ Rebellion Shows the Need for a New Constitution
1787 - The United States Constitution Is Written
1788 - Congress Sends 12 Amendments to the States
1789 - Alexander Hamilton Shapes America's Modern Industrial Economy
1791 - States Ratify Madison’s Bill of Rights [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This series illustrates how the U.S. Constitution has protected the American people from the abuses of power and tyranny and how for over two centuries the principles set forth by the Constitution have empowered Americans to excel and aspire to greatness – great art, great literature, excellence and leadership in science and technology.

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