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.