Building Democracy: The Story of Legislatures

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A National Conference of State Legislatures Podcast

A six-part series that covers the history, characters and stories of state legislatures in America.

Episode 1 (30:43) – Virginia: America’s First Startup

Episode 2 (42:01) – The Story of Legislatures Through the Revolution

Episode 3 (37:36) – Westward Expansion

Episode 4 (35:55) – Women’s Suffrage in Western States and Territories

Episode 5 (34:38) – The Modern Legislature

Episode 6 (30:08) – 21st Century Legislatures

Additional resources, such as transcripts, included.


The National Conference of State Legislatures represents the legislatures in the states, territories and commonwealths of the U.S. Its mission is to advance the effectiveness, independence and integrity of legislatures and to foster interstate cooperation and facilitate the exchange of information among legislatures.