• A Republic
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    A Republic

    The Framers emerged from four months of secrecy with the first national Constitution ever put to paper. Well, Dr. Franklin, what have you given us? Well, sir, a republic, if you can keep it. For the first time in history, men invented a government. But what kind of government was it? I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands… That’s right. A republic. There had been republics in the past, and it was assumed that we would have a republic of some form here. And that republic would be structured so as to prevent the majority from oppressing…

  • A 3-minute guide to the Bill of Rights – Belinda Stutzman
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    A 3-minute guide to the Bill of Rights – Belinda Stutzman

    Transcriber: tom carter Reviewer: Bedirhan Cinar The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution — also known as the Bill of Rights — were ratified or passed over 200 years ago. But even though they’re a bit, well, old, these first 10 amendments are still the most debated and discussed section of our Constitution today. So, can you remember what they are? Let’s take a look. The First Amendment is the freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. This may be the most revered of the amendments. The First Amendment protects our rights to say and write our opinions, worship how we please, assemble together peacefully and petition our…

  • USA Learns Civics (Video Compilation)
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    USA Learns Civics (Video Compilation)

    Since the early 1900s and into recent history there have been wars, difficult times and great leaders who have led the United States. Starting in 1914, many countries in Europe and other places were fighting in World War I. In 1917, German submarines attacked American ships. Woodrow Wilson, the U.S. president decided the United States had to join the fight in World War I. In 1917, 2 million American soldiers went to France to help end World War I. President Woodrow Wilson was the leader of the United States during World War I. Difficult economic times started in 1929, when the Great Depression began. This was a time of a…

  • The Constitution of Judea (103-6 BCE)
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    The Constitution of Judea (103-6 BCE)

    Between 167 and 103 BCE, Judea transformed from a persecuted backwater on the edge of the Seleucid Empire to a fully independent expansionist Kingdom, the first Jewish Kingdom since the destruction of the First Temple nearly five centuries earlier. As a result, a general understanding of Judean administration is key to understanding the era that followed. It is important to note that the Judean government was not static. Many of the practices and institutions described in this video date as far back as the Davidic Period. Others continued for centuries after the Roman conquests. And all of them underwent at least some constitutional changes over time. This video will explain…

  • Congressional Leadership: Crash Course Government and Politics #8
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    Congressional Leadership: Crash Course Government and Politics #8

    Hi, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re going to examine the leadership structure of Congress! I know, pretty exciting stuff! Now calm down, let me explain. [Theme Music] Are you ready to talk about Congressional leadership? You better be. So, the Congressional leadership are the Congresspersons with titles like Majority Leader and Minority Whip, and they have a lot to do with political parties, so we’re going to talk about what the political parties do in Congress as well. Even if you don’t follow politics, you probably have heard of the name and titles, if not the functions, of the various leaders. I’m…

  • Congressional Committees: Crash Course Government and Politics #7
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    Congressional Committees: Crash Course Government and Politics #7

    Hi, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics and today we’re going to get down and dirty wallowing in the mud that is Congress. Okay, maybe that’s a little unfair, but the workings of Congress are kind of arcane or byzantine or maybe let’s just say extremely complex and confusing, like me, or Game of Thrones without the nudity. Some of the nudity, maybe. However, Congress is the most important branch, so it would probably behoove most Americans to know how it works. I’m going to try to explain. Be prepared to be behooved. [Theme Music] Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are divided up…

  • The US Federal Court System: Why do the courts even matter?
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    The US Federal Court System: Why do the courts even matter?

    We’ve got courts full of judges, and judges full of judicial philosophies. But we’re talking about a bunch of old lawyers wearing funny costumes that I didn’t even get to vote for – are we sure that they’re all that relevant to my life? Well that’s a hard yes. The courts might be the most underrated branch of government when it comes to how much influence they have on your everyday life. While Congress is coming up with laws with a lot of fancy language you and I might never read, the courts help us figure out how federal law actually works IRL, using – well, still fancy language. Now…

  • How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone
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    How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone

    There’s a job out there with a great deal of power, pay, prestige, and near-perfect job security. And there’s only one way to be hired: get appointed to the US Supreme Court. If you want to become a justice on the Supreme Court, the highest federal court in the United States, three things have to happen. You have to be nominated by the president of the United States, your nomination needs to be approved by the Senate, and finally, the president must formally appoint you to the court. Because the Constitution doesn’t specify any qualifications, in other words, that there’s no age, education, profession, or even native-born citizenship requirement, a…

  • Red Flag Laws | Constitution Corner
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    Red Flag Laws | Constitution Corner

    I’m Dr. Duke and this is Constitution Corner well Constitution Corner is one of my favorite segments of the week because it gets us to reflect not necessarily on this amendment or that codicil but to reflect on what the Constitution says about our modern world and the big issue again today I think for the Constitution is these are these red flag laws and you know it’s a very very difficult what are those issues that forces people into a very serious discussion of civics on the one hand you have these random shootings which trouble everybody they are frustrating the level of emotion when these shootings occur is…

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    What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence – Kenneth C. Davis

    “All men are created equal and they are endowed with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Not so fast, Mr. Jefferson! These words from the Declaration of Independence, and the facts behind them, are well known. In June of 1776, a little more than a year after the war against England began with the shots fired at Lexington and Concord, the Continental Congress was meeting in Philadelphia to discuss American independence. After long debates, a resolution of independence was approved on July 2, 1776. America was free! And men like John Adams thought we would celebrate that date forever. But it was two days later that…