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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24. Creating a Nation
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24. Creating a Nation

Prof: On Thursday, I gave the world’s most condensed lecture about the Constitution, and I mentioned three controversies that represented long-standing concerns in Revolutionary America: the question of representation, the problem of slavery, and then the question of a national executive– so that really boils down to the problem of investing power in one man. […]

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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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