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This episode of Whistlestop travels to June 1, 1787, when America’s founders faced a challenge: The nation couldn’t depend on the goodwill of the states to keep itself unified, but there wasn’t a mandate for new rules to be made either.
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America’s presidential carnival.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson.