The Miracle of The Constitution (MP3 Download)
The Constitution of the United States is so widely revered, so universally accepted as the foundation of our freedom, that most people today simply assume that it's always been there -- as intrinsic an aspect of the American experience as the Great Lakes or the Rocky Mountains.
The untold story of our founding charter, however, is full of close scrapes, barely averted disasters, angry disputes, and miraculous rescues.
This very special history program, released to coincide with Constitution Day (September 17th), tells the exciting and astonishing inside story of the fierce and fearless founders who beat the odds to launch a new government.
The Constitution only became necessary because a prior experiment had failed, miserably, leading to chaos, dysfunction and even a bloody revolution by poor farmers who threatened to extend their rebellion from western Massachusetts to the rest of the country.
How did George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and their colleagues subtly overthrow the existing order under the Articles of Confederation, and hijack a "Federal Convention" in Philadelphia to start from scratch in designing a new plan of government?
Why did they decide on a single president, instead of three -- as many delegates demanded?
How did they handle the explosive and divisive issue of slavery?
And what about the ardent insistence by many founders that the "public servants" of the new federal state must serve at their own expense, with no compensation from taxpayers?
Finally, what unresolvable issue come within a heart-beat of blowing up the whole convention and exploding the union, except for the heroic decision by a foppish, elderly, little-known Marylander named Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer?
These stories and more unfold in this riveting presentation -- that concludes with a stirring account of the political warfare that raged across the country to achieve ratification of the new Constitution in spite of bitter opposition from anti-Federalists led by the greatest orator of his time, Revolutionary hero Patrick Henry.
You'll experience the inspiring struggle of dedicated activists -- combining confrontation and compromise -- to establish a functioning Republic that has lasted with relatively minor changes for more than 225 years, and you'll also find that the issues at stake in these long-ago debates have special relevance to our arguments of today.
The Miracle of the Constitution shows why the framers were right to perceive - as they all did - that God, fate, or Providence played a big role in guiding their work.
Listen to a sample of this program.
Total Run Time: 1hr, 54min
Also available on 2 Audio CDs. Click here for the CD version.
Posted by Mark J Barton on 26th Jun 2017
Listening to Michael's take on the "Miracle of the Constitution" was a true joy! Yes, he draws from what others have written, but stitches together (like the original 13 colonies?) the highlights combined with his own insight to deliver a smooth, easy-listening experience. This was my second purchase from the MMHistory store (I also highly recommend "The Worst Presidents Ever") and purchased after reading Pauline Maier's "Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution 1787-1788" so I had a little head-start but still enjoyed and will listen to again and again I'm sure.
A good history review
Posted by Anthony Cabot, MD on 29th May 2017
Not only does the listener get the opportunity to review what we learned in school government courses, but there is also the opportunity to sample the specific personalities of the Founding Fathers. If you close your eyes, you can imagine an aging but but wise and colorful Benjamin Franklin or the more dismissive and detail detail oriented James Madison.
Fascinating insight into how our Constitution came to be!
Posted by Steve Morris in Israel on 16th Dec 2015
I have purchased almost all of Michael's history series and have always enjoyed them. I find it hard to listen to them when they are broadcast in the original because I am working and have patients interfering with my listening! :-) I have now listened to this one twice and my wife insists on having it ASAP when I finish it now.
incredibly indepth review of the conventionn that birthed the constitiution
Posted by ken bodger on 27th Sep 2015
Michael can present a good story....and his research is excellent...
as a result the facts come to life and make the creation of the constitution a modern day drama