With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America.
As a follow-up to the popular Washington Post podcast “Presidential,” reporter Lillian Cunningham returns with this series exploring the Constitution and the people who framed and reframed it — revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragists, teetotalers, protesters, justices, presidents – in the ongoing struggle to form a more perfect union across a vast and diverse land.
Preview The Washington Post's newest podcast, a narrative series about the revolutionary figures who shaped America's story. Subscribe now to get the first episode when it launches July 24.
In the premier episode of “Constitutional,” we go back in time to that hot Philadelphia summer in 1787 when a group of revolutionary Americans debated, drank and together drafted the U.S. Constitution.
In 1879, a case involving Chief Standing Bear came before a Nebraska courtroom and demanded an answer to the question: Are Native Americans considered human beings under the U.S. Constitution?
What makes someone American? A landmark Supreme Court case in 1898, involving a child born in San Francisco to Chinese immigrant parents, would help answer that question.
As powerful as it was to change the Constitution after the Civil War, and enshrine racial equality into our governing document, that wasn’t enough to change the reality of life in America.
From the American Revolution through today, women have been leading a long-burning rebellion to gain rights not originally guaranteed under the Constitution.
Lily’s podcasts unpack essential history
I listened to my first Presidential podcast at the suggestion of my 20-something daughter. I then listened to all of the Presidential podcasts. The depth of research and accessible presentation satisfied my curiosity and kept me feeling balanced through the tumultuous last several years.
Recently I saw a play about the Constitution which left me very unsatisfied. I remembered that Lily was going to make Constitutional. Again, the depth of research and accessible presentation is outstanding. I now have a real interest and connection with the US Constitution.
So much valuable information for all US citizens to know and others in the world who thrive on knowledge. Have shared this with everyone I know as I’m not sure everyone paid attention in civics/Amer. History classes. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.
My only regret is that it’s taken me this long to find this fabulous resource of pertinent information. Curious how those who fear CRT might feel if they bothered to open their minds. Curious why THESE landmark cases aren’t taught. They will be now!! Thank you!!