• Taxes & Smuggling – Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6
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    Taxes & Smuggling – Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course: US History, and today we begin discussing the American Revolution. So two things to keep in mind here: One, the American Revolution and the American War for Independence are not the same thing. And two, while I know this will upset some of you, the American Revolution was not really about taxes. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! It was about tea, right? Also, it was not about tea. The Boston Tea party was about taxes and our God-given right to smuggle. It’s a little confusing, me from the past, but that’s why Crash Course is here! [Theme Music] So as you’ll recall, the…

  • Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration
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    Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

    Halfway across the globe, and we’re standing on new ground. Screaming across the waves you can’t hear a sound. There’s no fair trials, no trade, no liberties. No tea! We’ve colonized America. We won’t stand for tyranny! O king: and it’s too late to apologize. It’s too late! I said it’s too late to apologize. It’s too late! We’ve paid your foolish tax, read the acts, and they just won’t do. We want to make it clear, we believe this much is true: all men were created with certain unalienable rights! Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! It’s too late to apologize! It’s too late! I…

  • Party Systems: Crash Course Government and Politics #41
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    Party Systems: Crash Course Government and Politics #41

    Hello, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics. And today we’re gonna talk about, well, mostly history. Wait Stan, this isn’t Crash Course History. This must be some kind of exception, like the Mongols. [Mongoltage] Apparently we’re not stepping on anybody’s toes by talking about the history of American political parties, as long as we stay away from history in general. Thank goodness, we wouldn’t want to start a Crash Course interdisciplinary feud. Just kidding, I’m totally feuding with that Phil guy over at Astronomy. [Theme Music] Political historians like to divide America into eras according to which parties were active at the time. These are called…

  • 44,000 Bombs in 2017: The Result of Ignoring the Constitution on War
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    44,000 Bombs in 2017: The Result of Ignoring the Constitution on War

    Give government an inch and they always take a mile. Especially when it comes to war powers. Under the Constitution, Congress has the power to determine if the country will declare war and against whom. Only after that decision is made by the Congress, the President takes charge of waging that war. James Madison put it this way, “The constitution supposes, what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care vested the question of war in the legislature.” Hammering things home, Madison pointed out that the Constitution gave the…

  • Drunk History – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Had Beef
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    Drunk History – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Had Beef

    – I MEAN, THIS IS RIDICULOUS. DID YOU HAVE A HOLE IN THAT, OR WHAT HAPPENED? – I’M GONNA CLEAN THAT UP. – LIKE, REALLY? – I DIDN’T DO THAT. – YOU KNOW THIS IS MY GODDAMN HOME, RIGHT? – YOU LIVE IN THIS [bleep]HOLE? – HELLO. TODAY WE’RE GONNA TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE ELECTION OF 1800. [slurps, laughs] THOMAS JEFFERSON AND JOHN ADAMS– THEY WERE FOUNDING FATHERS OF AMERICA. THEY WERE ALSO THE BEST OF FRIENDS. ADAMS WAS LIKE, THE CONSTITUTION– YOU CAN KIND OF BEND THAT HOW YOU NEED TO BEND IT. WE CAN KIND OF WORK WITH THIS, AND JEFFERSON WAS ALWAYS LIKE, CONSTITUTION IS THE…

  • Supreme Court Stories: Marbury v. Madison
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    Supreme Court Stories: Marbury v. Madison

    It goes back to the election of 1800, when Thomas Jefferson and the Democrat-Republicans beat the Federalists of John Adams. And it’s full of politics because Adams, the last time he was in office, appointed these judges. And when Jefferson came in, he decided he didn’t want those judges. Back then, the inauguration, the change of administration… it didn’t really happen until March, so you had this period where Congress was in session, but the president really hadn’t changed. In that two or three months, the Federalists and President Adams, who had just lost, they realized they’re about to become the minority party for the first time ever. And both…

  • James Madison: Father of the Constitution (1809 – 1817)
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    James Madison: Father of the Constitution (1809 – 1817)

    Hey it’s Professor Dave; let’s talk about James Madison. Though James Madison stood a mere five foot four, and only 100 pounds, he was an American Colossus, a Founding Father of both the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along with Thomas Jefferson he co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party, he served as Jefferson’s Secretary of State, supervised the Louisiana Purchase, and was the President of the United States during the War of 1812, which saw the emergence of the United States as a world power. Madison would frequently change his political views during his life. He favored a strong national government at the Constitutional Convention yet rejected calls for a Bill of…

  • July 4th, 2012 at the National Archives: Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence
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    July 4th, 2012 at the National Archives: Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence

    [music playing]>>Steve Scully: The words of liberty as we read aloud the Declaration of Independence. And for that, it is my great honor to introduce to you a very distinguished group of individuals who will read the Declaration. First, as you heard from David Ferriero, the four descendants of our founding fathers, who are here today, Laura Belman, please stand, John Belman, Laura Murphy, and Michael Miller. [applause] Now of course, folks, we cannot have just the Declaration of Independence, because we had some grievances against King George, III. And so, for that, we have the leaders of the Second Continental Congress. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Thomas Jefferson,…

  • Thomas Jefferson & His Democracy: Crash Course US History #10
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    Thomas Jefferson & His Democracy: Crash Course US History #10

    Hi I’m John Green, this is Crash Course US History, and today we’re going to discuss Thomas Jefferson. We’re going to learn about how America became a thriving nation of small, independent farmers, eschewing manufacturing and world trade, and becoming the richest and most powerful nation in the world in the 19th century, all thanks to the vision of Thomas Jefferson, the greatest and most intellectually consistent Founding Father, who founded the University of Virginia and grew 20 varieties of peas at Monticello. Me From the Past, get to your desk! In a stunning turn of events, Me From the Past is an idiot and Jefferson is more complicated than…

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    Thomas Jefferson & His Democracy: Crash Course US History #10

    Hi I’m John Green, this is Crash Course US History, and today we’re going to discuss Thomas Jefferson. We’re going to learn about how America became a thriving nation of small, independent farmers, eschewing manufacturing and world trade, and becoming the richest and most powerful nation in the world in the 19th century, all thanks to the vision of Thomas Jefferson, the greatest and most intellectually consistent Founding Father, who founded the University of Virginia and grew 20 varieties of peas at Monticello. Me From the Past, get to your desk! In a stunning turn of events, Me From the Past is an idiot and Jefferson is more complicated than…