David McCullough: The Storm Before the Constitution

Author and historian David McCullough discusses why the Constitutional Convention nearly failed before it began. What role did fear play in the Convention being called? From where did the fear most stem – Shays’ Rebellion, mounting state debts, inflation, or international piracy?


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Analysis, Media


68 minutes

Constitution Articles

Constitutional Convention