The U.S. Constitution, Freedom, and the American Form of Government

As we approach “Constitution Day” on September 17th, we speak with Author and constitutional scholar, David Shestokas, on the unique form of American government as created and protected by the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution, which went into effect in 1789, followed 11 years of American government that was viewed to be failing under the previous governing document, “The Articles of Confederation.”

Yet since its adoption in 1789, some 240 years ago, the U.S. Constitution has preserved our form of government and remains the longest functioning governing document in the world — that’s been amended only 27 times, and only 17 times since 1791. Mr Shestokas, who’s written four books, shares his insights on the Constitution’s history and wh y more Americans should be educated on its protections of our freedoms and its brilliant methods of balancing competing powers.

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