Benjamin Franklin

Compromise and the Constitution of the United States

Clip | 6m 36s | Video has closed captioning.

As impasse threatened to derail the Constitutional Convention, Franklin worked to find common ground. In order to pass the proposed Constitution of the United States, the delegates agreed to several compromises—some tragic. On September 17, 1787, Franklin, who saw the new federal government as an experiment to be improved by successive generations, delivered a speech endorsing the Constitution.

Aired: 04/04/22

Rating: NR


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