If the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held today, it probably would fail to produce a workable document.

So says the University of Rochester's William Riker, an authority on the Constitutional Convention."Something happened back then that we can't imagine happening today," Riker says. "The convention's deliberations were suppposed to be secret and the delegates actually kept them secret - there were no leaks to the press.

"So, delegates weren't afraid to take stands that their constituents might fault them for. And they felt more comfortable about changing their minds. This made the many compromises that are the backbone of our Constitution possible."