You cannot truly understand the U.S. Constitution without understanding the Articles of Confederation, if not English Common Law and Enlightenment period political thought as well.
There are definitely bits and pieces that you can understand without that other knowledge, but there is overall a great misunderstanding and under appreciation of the majority of the constitution without that other knowledge.
While it's fair to say there is a general lack of understanding of the Constitution, the political, legal, and philosophical context that led to its creation (the items mentioned in the poll, as well as some early state constitutions, themselves
Based, at least in part, in common law and enlightenment origins, would seem necessary to understating it.
All you really need to know about the Articles of Confederation is why they failed badly enough in almost no time that they were replaced.
Dear Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, Tony Bacos, and the SOH community at large: please push for the declaration of a national holiday. Rebelfury and I 100% agree on something.
I doubt it's the first time
This is also what drives my views on the second amendment.
I know we've agreed on two other issues (gay marriage and the concept of spanking children), though I'm not sure, due to nuances, we 100% agreed. Oddly enough, it's the same with me and the second amendment (and the others), though given how our
Stances tend to lie on such issues, it may just prove that even understanding something doesn't lead to unanimity, just that it creates a more solid base on which to build knowledge