S4 E2: “The Excess of Democracy”

January 22, 2020

In the summer of 1787, fifty-five men got together in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution for the United States, replacing the new nation’s original blueprint, the Articles of Confederation. But why, exactly? What problems were the framers trying to solve? Was the Constitution designed to advance democracy, or to rein it in?

By producer/host John Biewen with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Woody Holton, Dan Bullen, and Price Thomas. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

Download a transcript of the episode.

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5 comments on “S4 E2: “The Excess of Democracy”

  1. August Burns Jan 24, 2020

    The power of the minority and the overreach of the Senate is sadly on display this week in the impeachment trial of DJT and may be the end of the great experiment.

  2. It’s the American sickness-worshiping the rich or at least not criticizing them. If you do, you’re obviously a communist. Because what rich people ever hurt, abused, misused or killed the poor, right? Yes, I’m being bitterly sarcastic.

  3. David Machemer Jan 31, 2020

    The manifest shame and systemic injustice of our federal government in recent years is actually nothing new. The shocking spectacle we view today with loathing actually IS the real America, MINUS the hypocrisy.

    • Hubert Leigh Smith Mar 7, 2020

      You seem interested in foreign residence. Where?

  4. Hubert Leigh Smith Mar 7, 2020

    The two gentlemen presented a great deal of interesting and worthwhile information. I am grateful for it. At one juncture, however, Mr. Kumanyika remarked about slavery, “There was this genocide….” This rhetorical glibness was not questioned by Mr. Biewen. Do young black men and women listen to your show? Do they consider Mr. Kumanyika authoritative? If so, perhaps he can be more careful in future. “…the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group.” (Dictionary definition)