• MOOC | The Lecompton Constitution | The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1861 | 1.7.6
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    MOOC | The Lecompton Constitution | The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1861 | 1.7.6

    >>The political geography in Kansas is utterly confusing. They have election after election. Some of them the pro slavery people vote. Some of them the others vote. But the real battle is going on in Congress. The administration 1858 decides we’re going to push this through Congress. We’re going to admit Kansas as a slave state under this Lecompton Constitution which has been approved by the voters in a referendum which the Free State people did not take part in. They said it’s an illegitimate referendum. It’s being put forward by an illegitimate body and we are not voting in this referendum. Northern democrats were put in a tremendous dilemma…

  • Kim Jong-un named supreme leader representing N. Korea in new constitution
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    Kim Jong-un named supreme leader representing N. Korea in new constitution

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is now officially the North’s head of state. Pyeongyang’s propaganda website Naenara unveiled earlier today North Korea’s new constitution that was revised back in April. It says that the chairman of the State Affairs Commission, Kim Jong-un, is the supreme leader that (quote) “represents” the North. The North used to have a separate figurehead leader to represent the regime,… a position held by the head of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly. But through the constitutional revision, Pyeongyang limited the role of the parliament leader to a few symbolic diplomatic functions,… and anointed Kim as the leader representing the North in and outside the regime.

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    2016 Lambeth Lecture: The Hon. Alex Kozinski

    (mid tempo music) – I am Ray Farris and Chair of the Thomas Willis Lambeth Lecture Committee on Public Policy. On behalf of the committee I welcome you to the ninth annual Lambeth Lecture. The lecture was funded nine years ago autonomously to honor Tom Lambeth, a visionary leader for North Carolina. Tom served as an aide to Governor Terry Sanford and to Congressman Richardson Preyer in the 1960s and then for more than two decades as Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Once described as North Carolina’s do-gooder in chief, Tom is widely admired for his personal integrity, his passionate devotion to education, democracy and civic engagement,…

  • 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…

  • Representative Larry Pittman and the Bill of Rights
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    Representative Larry Pittman and the Bill of Rights

    >>>THE STATE HOUSE REAFFIRMED ITS COMMITMENT TO THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS THIS WEEK. IT WAS A RESOLUTION THAT HONORED COLONIAL-ERA NORTH CAROLINIANS BUT CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT REAFFIRMS CURRENT LEGISLATORS’ COMMITMENT TO THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE. SUPPORTERS SAY THERE ARE ENOUGH SKEPTICAL NORTH CAROLINIANS OUT THERE TO JUSTIFY THE REAFFIRMATION. REPRESENTATIVE LARRY PITTMAN REPRESENTS CABARRUS COUNTY, AND FOR THIS HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION, YOU’RE REPRESENTING THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS. WHY WAS THAT NECESSARY, TO HAVE YOUR COLLEAGUES TO VOTE TO REAFFIRM THEIR COMMITMENT TO THAT — TO THAT BILL OF ALL THINGS?>>WELL, I’VE HAD A LOT OF CONCERN EXPRESSED TO ME BY CITIZENS ACROSS THE STATE, AS WELL AS IN…