A Pocket Guide to the US Constitution
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A Pocket Guide to the US Constitution

INTERVIEWER: So I see a fair number of kind of mini-Constitutions in and around at some bookstores and things. How’s your book different? And why did you decide to write this one? It’s not a mini-Constitution. It’s a mini-textbook. I wrote this book for my students. It’s a cheat sheet for them. I have students […]

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How the United States Constitution Was Created
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How the United States Constitution Was Created

With the Declaration of Independence, the 13 American colonies began to wage war against the British government. The only problem was that each of these colonies had their own ideas of how to govern. How could they fight a war together if they were not united? What if they defeated the British? What then? The […]

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Federalism by Shmoop
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Federalism by Shmoop

Federalism, a la Shmoop. Any time you and your sibling have gotten into it with each another… your parents have likely stepped into the ring to separate the two of you, and to get you both to play nice. Well, back when our country was even younger than…you and your sibling… …it got into some […]

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Constitutional War Power: The Founders’ Framework

Lord Acton had the wonderful aphorism, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” So when I think of government, I think you’ve got a kind of a double level danger there, ’cause you’re taking people who are themselves flawed, and in any situation will exercise those flaws, and then you’re putting them into […]

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Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Constitution
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Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Constitution

One of the things that inevitably comes up when we’re talking about the Louisiana Purchase is that Jefferson betrayed his strict constructionist principles when he purchased Louisiana – that he had to stretch out the constitution a little bit more than he did before he became president. Of course, if you’re taking a standardized test, […]

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The “Other” Preamble
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The “Other” Preamble

Did you know the Bill of Rights has its own preamble? You’re probably familiar with the preamble to the Constitution. Maybe you even memorized it in school. But most schools never teach that the Bill of Rights also has its own preamble. In a legal document, a preamble is like a statement of principles, but […]

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Constitutional Ideology – the philosophy behind it
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Constitutional Ideology – the philosophy behind it

Hey, Cypher here. So, I’m sure you guys have heard someone spouting off about what the founding fathers intended or whatever kind of rhetoric you want. Now, guessing anyone’s future intent about 200-some-odd years after that supposed intent is foolish enough, but let’s divest the squabble entirely. Today, I’m going to show you that the […]

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