The Words That Built America – The Amendments (HBO Documentary Films)
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The Words That Built America – The Amendments (HBO Documentary Films)

♪ (“AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” INSTRUMENTAL PLAYING) ♪ NARRATOR:Since 1795,the United States Constitution has been amended 17 more times.The Eleventh Amendment gives states immunity from lawsuits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners. The Twelfth Amendment revised the presidential election procedures. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. The Fourteenth Amendment defines what it means to be […]

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

This fourth of July, when you watch the fireworks will you think about this? The Declaration of Independence? We should. After all, the holiday’s meant to honor this, not just fireworks. Though, those are nice. Although it’s ironic that since America’s founding, government has grown so much that you may not be allowed to buy […]

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The revolution of sober expectations (1973) | ARCHIVES
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The revolution of sober expectations (1973) | ARCHIVES

Announcer: The American Enterprise Institute presents the distinguished lecture series on The Bicentennial of the United States. Our host for the thought-provoking series is Vermont Royster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with The Wall Street Journal and professor of journalism and public affairs at the University of North Carolina. Vermont: I’m Vermont Royster with another in the […]

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The Declaration & Constitution: Original Public Meaning [No. 86]
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The Declaration & Constitution: Original Public Meaning [No. 86]

So my view of the relationship between the Declaration and the Constitution is that the Declaration of Independence is one source of the Constitution’s text’s original meaning, and the way an originalist approaches interpreting the Constitution is really a multi-step process and, and here I’m thinking of what’s called “public meaning originalism,” which is the […]

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Randy Barnett: The Declaration of Independence & the Constitution [NSS 2018]
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Randy Barnett: The Declaration of Independence & the Constitution [NSS 2018]

The Declaration provides the justification for the Constitution. The Constitution does not justify itself, we interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning. But, we interpret the Articles of Confederation according to its original meaning, the Constitution of the Confederate States of America according to its original meaning. But what makes our Constitution our Constitution? […]

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