21. A Union Without Power
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21. A Union Without Power

Today’s lecture basically is titled “A Union Without Power.” In past years I’ve titled it, “Powers — “Problems of the Confederation,” and you’ll see why, by the end of the lecture. On Tuesday I started to talk about the larger question of the legacy of the Revolution and the process of governance, and I started […]

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10. Common Sense
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10. Common Sense

Prof: Okay. Today we are going to be discussing certainly one of the biggest bestsellers in early American history, and that’s Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense. Before I plunge in to Common Sense, I am going to answer the question that was asked from this section of the room on Tuesday, about how do you […]

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23. Creating a Constitution
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23. Creating a Constitution

Prof: Before we begin, I have to make a true confession to you, my class, because you’re my class, and I have been confessing things all semester but this is– I basically set myself up for this failure and then realized– at the end of the class someone came up to me and asked me […]

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Constitution Lecture 9: Separation of Church and State
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Constitution Lecture 9: Separation of Church and State

Another misunderstood concept regarding the Constitution and the founding principles of our country is Separation of Church and State. Some say that this is a right codified in the Constitution; others say that the phrase appears nowhere in the Constitution, and that our founders wanted a religious state. Who is right? It is true that […]

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