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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-08 05:13 PM
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Thomas Jefferson believed that a countrys constitution should be rewritten every 19 years. Instead, the U.S. Constitution, which Jefferson did not help to write (he was in Paris serving as U.S. minister to France when the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia), has prevailed since 1789.

Jefferson thought the dead should not rule the living, thus constitutions should expire frequently, but the fact is that the U.S. Constitution quickly became enshrined by the public and is the oldest constitution in the world, said Zachary Elkins, a professor of political science at Illinois.

http://www.news.uiuc.edu/news/07/0212constitution.html

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