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Origins of the US Constitution

The Framers of the Constitution faced three significant insurrections in the decade following the Declaration of Independence: ongoing Indigenous resistance to colonization; revolts of the enslaved; and an armed uprising of farmers had the American project in doubt. It was in this struggle that the Constitution of the United States was written. Not as a document for economic or political justice, but in defence of property.

In part three in our trilogy on rebellions of the enslaved and the origins of the US we are joined by ROBERT OVETZ to discuss his new book, We the Elites: How the US Constitution Serves the Few.

PART TWO: Slave rebellions (with Gerald Horne)
PART ONE: Slave ship revolts (with Marcus Rediker)

Episode: 030 Origins of the US Constitution
Date: 7 November 2022 | Length: 57:11

Briefing Notes

Ovetz. We the Elites: How the US Constitution Serves the Few (Pluto Press 2022)
Robert Ovetz was last on The Brief Podcast to talk about The Great Railroad Strike of 1887

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