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Radio Smart Talk for Monday, September 17:
On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed at the State House in Philadelphia. Two-hundred-twenty-five years later, the document is the basis for the principles of our government and on which laws of the land are measured. The Bill of Rights, originally made up of 10 amendments, was added in 1791.
Alison Young, Vice President of External Affairs for the National Constitution Center, will appear on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to answer questions about the document's history and how it came to be.
For example, historians really don't know who wrote the text of the Constitution. It was probably a collaboration of delegates but it's believed that Gouvernour Morris of Pennsylvania probably contributed the most. Also, 39 delegates signed the document on September 17, but three refused. The Constitution doesn't give rights to Americans -- it guarantees them.
One of the most important and frequently asked questions is whether the Constitution is still relevant in today's digital age. In fact, this particular question was the subject of a recent National Constitution Center/Associated Press poll. That should make for a spirited discussion on Monday's program.
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