Declaration of Independence

In Congress, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the… Continue reading Declaration of Independence

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The Bill of Rights

The Preamble to The Bill of Rights Congress of the United Statesbegun and held at the City of New-York, onWednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine. THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction… Continue reading The Bill of Rights

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Anti-Federalist Papers: No. 2

Anti-Federalist No. 2 “We Have Been Told of Phantoms” This essay is an excerpted from a speech of William Grayson, June 11, 1788, in Jonathan Elliot (ed.), The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution……. (Philadelphia, 1876) 5 vols., III, 274-79. The adoption of this government will not meliorate… Continue reading Anti-Federalist Papers: No. 2

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Anti-Federalist Papers: Their Place in American History

Likely most all Americans have learned how American independence was won; most English classes study the speeches of notable historic figures such as Patrick Henry. Washington was an apt and able general who led the War for Independence, but only reluctantly accepted the role as the nation’s first president. The Bill of Rights is another… Continue reading Anti-Federalist Papers: Their Place in American History

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Anti-Federalist Papers: No. 1 [A Federalist]

Anti-Federalist No.1 General Introduction: A Dangerous Plan Of Benefit Only to The “Aristocratick Combination” From The Boston Gazette and Country Journal, November 26, 1787. I am pleased to see a spirit of inquiry burst the band of constraint upon the subject of the NEW PLAN for consolidating the governments of the United States, as recommended… Continue reading Anti-Federalist Papers: No. 1 [A Federalist]

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What is the Purpose of the Census? What the Data is Used For

The Constitution requires that the number of members each state sends to the U.S. House of Representatives be based its share of the nation’s population. Article I Section 2 of the Constitution further specifies that the number of seats in the House (as set by the Congress) are to be distributed proportionally among the states on the basis of a census… Continue reading What is the Purpose of the Census? What the Data is Used For

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Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971) U.S. Supreme Court

LEMON ET AL. v. KURTZMAN, SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION OF PENNSYLVANIA, ET AL.APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIAArgued March 3, 1971Decided June 28, 1971 MR. CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court. These two appeals raise questions as to Pennsylvania and Rhode Island statutes providing state… Continue reading Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971) U.S. Supreme Court

What is Soft Money? It’s Role in Campaign Finance

In 1974, the Federal Election Campaign Act was signed into law. Among other things, the Act limited the amounts of money individuals, political action committees (PACs) and political parties could give to candidates in federal, i.e. House, Senate and presidential, elections. Under the FEC Act, money given directly to candidates for federal elective office is… Continue reading What is Soft Money? It’s Role in Campaign Finance

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What is Public Policy? It’s Critical Role in Government

Public policies are most often established by legislation, but they can also be created by an executive order, a bureaucratic regulation, a city ordinance or even a court decision. Public policies are generally aimed at one or more of the following: Reconciling conflicting claims for scarce resources Encouraging or fostering cooperation that would probably not… Continue reading What is Public Policy? It’s Critical Role in Government

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Teaching History with Technology

Teaching history with technology is a great way to help students learn history in an exciting, dynamic and collaborative manner. History educators have long known the benefits of teaching with technology, but these benefits have become even more critical in recent years. The Use of Technology in Teaching History Technology has become a large part… Continue reading Teaching History with Technology

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