• Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9
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    Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9

    Hi, I’m John Green, and this is Crash Course U.S. History, and now that we have a Constitution, it’s actually United States history. Today we’re going to look at the birth of America’s pastime. No, Stan, not baseball. Not football. Not eating. I mean politics, which in America has been adversarial since its very beginnings, despite what the founders wanted. [Theme Music] We looked at the first big conflict in American politics last week: Constitution or Articles of Confederation? I hope that I convinced you we made the correct choice, but regardless, we made it; the constitution passed. But immediately following the passage of the constitution a pretty fundamental conflict…

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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…

  • Equal Protection: Crash Course Government and Politics #29
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    Equal Protection: Crash Course Government and Politics #29

    Hi I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re going to finally get into why many people, including me, think that the Fourteenth Amendment is the most important part of the Constitution. At the same time, we will attempt – successfully, I hope – to unravel the difference between civil liberties and civil rights, and also try to figure out how the Supreme Court actually looks at civil rights and civil liberties cases. So that’s a lot. Let’s get this out of the way because we’re not gonna have time later. Let’s get started. [Theme Music] So we’ve been talking a lot in the past…

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    Search and Seizure: Crash Course Government and Politics #27

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today, we’re gonna continue our discussion of the Bill of Rights, and talk about something that may actually be useful to you. We’re gonna talk about when the police are allowed to search your house, your car, and even you. But not me. I have immunity. I’m on YouTube. Right, is that how it works, Stan? It’s not how it works? I’m in trouble. You might think that this only matters if you are, you know, a criminal, and if you are, then you should be paying close attention, but even if you haven’t committed any crimes and…

  • Freedom of Speech: Crash Course Government and Politics #25
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    Freedom of Speech: Crash Course Government and Politics #25

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today, we’re talking about free speech. Other Craig: Finally, today we can let loose and establish the kinds of things we can say to criticize our government, like the crazy idea that money and speech are the same thing. Other Other Craig: Not so fast, Clone, the Supreme Court has ruled that spending money, at least in the political context, is speech. You do have the right to criticize that decision though. Unless your boss or YouTube says that you can’t. Craig: All right, we’re trying to talk about free speech, shut up. Let’s get started and see…

  • Slavery – Crash Course US History #13
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    Slavery – Crash Course US History #13

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course U.S. History, and today, we’re going to talk about slavery, which is not funny. Yeah, so we put a lei on the eagle to try and cheer you up, but let’s face it, this is going to be depressing. With slavery, every time you think, like, “Aw, it couldn’t have been that bad,” it turns out to have been much worse. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! But what about – Yeah, Me from the Past, I’m going to stop you right there, because you’re going to embarrass yourself. Slavery was hugely important to America. I mean, it led to a civil war and…

  • Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics #13
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    Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics #13

    This episode of Crash Course is brought to you by Squarespace. Hi I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics and today we’re going to cross the streams of the legislative and executive branches and talk about delegation. I thought we weren’t supposed to cross the streams Stan?! Ooh, that’s Ghostbusting. Sorry about that. We’re far away from the text of the Constitution here, deep in the realm of informal powers. But basically, delegation explains why the President is so powerful, even though the Consitution and its framers were terrified of creating a Presidentzilla. (Squeaky dinosaur noise) [Theme Music] So, what exactly is delegation? First of all, to…

  • 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…

  • Presidential Power: Crash Course Government and Politics #11
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    Presidential Power: Crash Course Government and Politics #11

    This episode of Crash Course is brought to you by SquareSpace. Hi. I’m Craig and this is Crash Course: Government and Politics. And today, we’re gonna talk about the most powerful person in the U.S. No, not Chris Hemsworth, although he is powerful, in a physical sense. We’re talking about the President of the United States, who right now is Barack Obama But that’s the last we’ll mention of him specifically. Instead, we’ll examine the office of the Presidency and what makes whoever holds the office so powerful. We’re also gonna talk about what makes him (and so far the President has always been a him) less powerful than you…

  • Constitutional Compromises: Crash Course Government and Politics #5
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    Constitutional Compromises: Crash Course Government and Politics #5

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re going to talk about the single most important document in America, one that we’ll be talking about a lot over next few months. No, I’m not talking about O Magazine – it’s the United States Constitution, and what we’re really gonna focus on is how it got made and how it became the foundation of our government. [Theme Music] Those of you who watched the U.S. History series with John Green probably remember that the government set up by the Constitution is actually the second attempt at an American government. Also, as pointed out in the…