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The Heart of the Constitution: How the Bill of Rights became the Bill of Rights
  • Date: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Constitutional Law professor Gerard Magliocca examines the history behind the Bill of Rights, a document that has meant different things to different generations. In The Heart of the Constitution, Magliocca views the document as a living text that reflects the great ideas of the Constitution but did not achieve its modern form as the most powerful symbol on the limits of governmental power until after World War II.

A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

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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.