The U.S. Constitution

A More Perfect Union: The Constitutional Convention and the Ratification Debate

In A More Perfect Union: The Constitutional Convention and the Ratification Debate, students revisit the events and controversies of 1787-88 to gain a deeper understanding of the political climate of the era and the values that contributed to the political foundation of the United States. Through exploring the parallels between the debates of 1788 and our country's current political discourse, students gain an insight into many of the issues that define our own age.

Introduction: The Road to the Constitutional Convention

Part I: The Political Foundation of the United States

Part II: The Constitution of 1787

Part III: Two Hundred Years of Constitutional Change

The U.S. Constitution: Lesson

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Brown University
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Mount Holyoke College
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Brown University
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Brown University