• The Koch Brothers Are Trying To Whitewash American History About Slavery
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    The Koch Brothers Are Trying To Whitewash American History About Slavery

    Most people may not realize this, but the billionaire Koch brothers are actually also in the education business. Not that they necessarily make a profit from it, but the Koch brothers, for years now, have been trying to infiltrate education in the United States at every single level. From preschools to colleges, the Koch brothers have found a way to weasel their way into the American education system. And recently it was revealed that one of the organizations that they’re funding in order to do this is called the Bill of Rights Institute. What the Bill of Rights Institute has been putting out for free for teachers, so that you…

  • Hamilton v. Jefferson: The Central Bank Debate [POLICYbrief]
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    Hamilton v. Jefferson: The Central Bank Debate [POLICYbrief]

    One of the core problems that Hamilton realized having lived through the Revolutionary War with George Washington on the battlefield was the inability of the Continental Congress to raise the requisite amount of funds to help feed and fund the army in battle, and he never wanted to go back to that. And so, Washington as well realized that and so they wanted a central government that will at least be able to have taxing power and the power to do those very things. The Constitutional Convention debated whether or not there should be a national bank, a bank run by the government, and they rejected the idea. But Hamilton…

  • A More or Less Perfect Union: Inalienable Rights
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    A More or Less Perfect Union: Inalienable Rights

    “All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” I think that’s one of the most important sentences in the English language. And then the next sentence of the Declaration says, “To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” And governments either acknowledge those rights or they fail to acknowledge those rights, but they never, never confer rights. If they’re given by government, they can be taken away by government. The view that our rights antedate government is the view that has made America free and the place to which people flee, not the place…

  • Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28
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    Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course World History and today you aren’t going to get a blow by blow chronology of the American Revolution, and you aren’t going to get cool biographical details about Thomas Jefferson or George Washington. But you are going to get me not wearing any pants. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! Did you know that George Washington might have had slave teeth implanted into his jaw? Yeah, I did, Me from the Past, and while it’s fun to focus on metaphorically resonant details, what we’re concerned with here is why the American Revolution happened and the extent to which it was actually revolutionary. Plus, for…

  • A More or Less Perfect Union: Madison, Jefferson & Books
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    A More or Less Perfect Union: Madison, Jefferson & Books

    Here we are in Philadelphia, in the summer of 1787. The states are disunited. The economy is in depression. And other nations walk all over us. And no one has a solution. Except this man. Five-foot four, 36, and hyper prepared: James Madison. He’d already helped write the constitution of Virginia when he was all of twenty-five. He had spent his life in training for this, whether he knew it or not. He was small in stature and lawyerly, legalistic, not very quotable. People tended to kind of zone out when he started to speak. He preferred to work in the background, quietly, he didn’t mind if others took credit…

  • A More or Less Perfect Union – Trailer
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    A More or Less Perfect Union – Trailer

    The Constitution protects us from an overreaching government. It’s the set of rules that our, that our country ideally adheres to. It’s a collective we. For more than two centuries, Americans have fought to establish liberty, expand liberty. And preserve liberty. Government has to explain itself to individuals, not the other way around. That’s the presumption of liberty. I’m Doug Ginsburg, and I’m a Federal Judge. As Americans, we have a strong belief, that no government should be able to tell us what we must say or must not say. That idea has always been under siege, and always will be. The original sin of the Constitution was its treatment…

  • 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…

  • What to know about the founding fathers | theSkimm
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    What to know about the founding fathers | theSkimm

    The founding fathers were the great men who laid the foundation for our country. There’s no official list of the founding fathers. But there are a lot of great names you’ve probably already heard And some you might not know so well. He was our first president And also the leader of the troops for the American revolution. He was our second president. And served as vice president under George Washington. His closest advisor was his dear wife Abigail. And here’s the thing, she was a lot cooler than him. The third president. And he wrote the Declaration of Independence. He also organized the Louisiana Purchase. Which doubled the size…