• Reconstruction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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    Reconstruction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The American Civil War ended in 1865. And a new conflict immediately began. The North won the first war. The South won the second. To truly understand American history, one needs to understand how this happened, and why. The years immediately following the end of the Civil War—1865 to 1877—are known in American history as “Reconstruction.” What should have been a glorious chapter in America’s story—the full integration of 3.9 million freed slaves—instead became a shameful one. It began with the assassination of Republican president Abraham Lincoln. One week after the Civil War effectively ended, the one man with the political savvy and shrewdness to have guided Reconstruction was gone.…

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    Reconstruction and 1876: Crash Course US History #22

    Episode 21: Reconstruction Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course U.S. History and huzzah! The Civil War is over! The slaves are free! Huzzah! That one hit me in the head? It’s very dangerous, Crash Course. So when you say, “Don’t aim at a person,” that includes myself? The roller coaster only goes up from here, my friends. Huzzah! Mr. Green, Mr. Green, what about the epic failure of Reconstruction? Oh, right. Stupid Reconstruction always ruining everything intro So after the Civil War ended, the United States had to reintegrate both a formerly slave population and a formerly rebellious population back into the country, which is a challenge that…

  • Slavery’s Scar on the United States
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    Slavery’s Scar on the United States

    If you’ve ever spent an entire lunch hour just staring at a map of the United States – what, people do that right? – you’ve probably noticed this one line that seems to run right across the middle of the country. Why is that line there? Well to figure that out, we’re going to have to go back to the beginning. When the United States gained independence and the founding fathers got together to write a Constitution, it was pretty much assumed that slavery was going to naturally die out… soon. Let me be clear, not because of any altruistic reason or movement towards equality. But because it simply wasn’t…

  • Justice Scalia Confused About 14th Amendment’s Meaning – Political Maniacs
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    Justice Scalia Confused About 14th Amendment’s Meaning – Political Maniacs

    justice scalia says that the Fourteenth Amendment protects all races not only the blacks the blacks great trees that were so no from affirmative action voting rights protections anything he deems racial entitlements high court’s least inhibiting conservative was at it again this week during oral arguments in the case advocates for minorities they’re challenging michigan’s voter-approved ban on a per action in college admissions case res the pre court after a federal appeals court held that the band pilot working amendment equal protection guarantee in that prevents minorities for lobbying for racial preferences with other groups can lobby for their favorite programs lawyer Charles the ban arguing that the…

  • Slavery & the Constitution: the 13th Amendment
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    Slavery & the Constitution: the 13th Amendment

    (Music) Today I want to talk about the 13th Amendment, slavery and the Constitution before the Civil War. And one of the most interesting things about the 13th Amendment, which I’m sure we all know has, says that slavery is now unconstitutional. That was not the original 13th Amendment. The original 13th Amendment said something very different. This original 13th Amendment known as the Corwin Amendment named after it’s floor sponsor Thomas Corwin from Ohio, was an attempt in 1861 to stop southern succession. The original 13th Amendment in fact proposed that no Amendment and no legislation could be passed regulating slavery in the States in which it existed. So…

  • Civil Rights & Liberties: Crash Course Government #23
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    Civil Rights & Liberties: Crash Course Government #23

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re finally, at long last, moving on from the structures and branches of government and onto the structures and branches of trees. This is a nature show now. Okay, we’re not moving on completely, because we’re still talking about courts, but today we’ll be discussing actual court decisions, and the kind of things that courts rule on, rather than how they do it. That’s right, we’re moving onto civil rights and civil liberties. [Theme Music] Okay, first I want to talk about something that I find confusing: the difference between civil rights and civil liberties. Usually in…

  • A Nation Formed From Red States Would Follow the Constitution!  Secession can PREVENT CIVIL WAR
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    A Nation Formed From Red States Would Follow the Constitution! Secession can PREVENT CIVIL WAR

    Splitting the USA can PREVENT WAR and The Future for a Red-State Country is better than a Future Without Splitting ———- If America keeps going the way it’s been going, the right to act according to one’s Christian conscience and freedom of speech and religion won’t be allowed in the USA any more than it is today in Canada or the UK. The Left is forcing the pace of change of social norms to the point that we are in danger of something like Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution. ———- The national debt is almost large enough to cause investors to be reluctant to lend to the federal government, which would…

  • How one piece of legislation divided a nation – Ben Labaree, Jr.
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    How one piece of legislation divided a nation – Ben Labaree, Jr.

    Today when people complain about the state of American politics, they often mention the dominance of the Democratic and Republican Parties, or the sharp split between red and blue states. But while it may seem like both of these things have been around forever, the situation looked quite different in 1850, with the Republican Party not yet existing, and support for the dominant Democrats and Whigs cutting across geographic divides. The collapse of this Second Party System was at the center of increasing regional tensions that would lead to the birth of the Republican Party, the rise of Abraham Lincoln as its leader, and a civil war that would claim…