U.S. History

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

Pauline Maier

About the Program

Pauline Maier, American history professor at MIT, presents a history of the ratification process of the U.S. Constitution.  Ms. Maier recounts the year-long debates that took place throughout the country following the Constitutional Convention as the newly released document was pored over by the citizenry. The Constitutional amendments, The Bill of Rights, were sent to the States for ratification on October 2, 1789.  Pauline Maier discusses her book at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

About the Authors

Pauline Maier

Pauline Maier is the author of numerous books, including American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence.  She is currently a history professor at MIT.


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Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, October 2nd at 5pm (ET)
  • Sunday, February 27th at 6:30am (ET)
  • Friday, December 31st at 1pm (ET)
  • Thursday, November 25th at 8pm (ET)
  • Thursday, November 25th at 8am (ET)
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