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Why the Bill of Rights Was Made
  • Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

In celebration of the National Archives’ new exhibition, Amending America,” which reveals the stories behind why some proposed amendments successfully became part of the Constitution, the National Archives presents a panel discussing the story behind the Bill of Rights, the Ratification of the Constitution, and the First Federal Congress.  Panelists include Joseph Ellis, Jack Rakove, and Kenneth Bowling.

This program is presented by the National Archives in partnership with ConSource.

This program is presented in conjunction with the National Archives newest exhibition, Amending America in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. Amending America is presented in part by AT&T, HISTORYⓇ, the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.