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HIST 2010: The Constitutional Convention of 1787: Videos

Constitutional Compromises

This video highlights the failures (and few successes) of the Articles of Confederation, tells you how delegates settled on a two-house system of representation, discusses the issues of slavery and population that have been embedded into our constitution, and discusses how federalists and anti-federalist opposition provided the U.S. a Bill of Rights.

Playing time: 08:57

The US Constitution, 3/5, and the Slave Trade Clause

The drafting and adoption of the United States Constitution recalled many of the high ideals of liberty and freedom that were espoused during the Revolutionary War. But the compromises that were made to get all of the new states on board to ratify the Constitution undermined those ideals in a lot of ways. (Length: 10:08)

Federalists vs. Anti-federalists

Everyone agreed that the Articles of Confederation had failed. But agreeing on how to fix it wouldn't be so easy.

Playing Time: 05:44

Podcasts--Great Overviews of the Convention

History that Doesn't Suck #15: "We the People:" Constitution Making in Philly. Released March 26, 2018.

A Teacher's History of the United States #76. Constitutional Convention-Part 1. Released February 1, 2019.

A Teacher's History of the United States #77. Constitutional Convention-Part 2. Released February 8, 2019.

A Teacher's History of the United States #79. Ratification (Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists). Released February 20, 2019.

Philosophical Influences on the Founding Fathers


This video teaches students the influence that the Enlightenment philosophers John Locke and Baron de Montesquieu had on the founding fathers and the federal government that they established. (Length: 15:56)