• Teaching with the Records of Congress
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    Teaching with the Records of Congress

    This is a rerecording of the webinar Teaching with the Records of Congress a presentation offered by the Center for Legislative Archives for educators on Thursday April 18, 2019. The Center for Legislative Archives, part of the National Archives and Records Administration preserves and makes available the historical records of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Educators can use these historical documents to teach about representative democracy, how Congress works, and the important role Congress has played throughout American history. What do we mean when we say the records of Congress? Well since 1789 Congress has legislated, held hearings, or debated nearly every subject you…

  • The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution
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    The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution

    >>David Ferriero: Good evening. I’m David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States. Welcome to the McGowan Theater. A special welcome to those who are joining us on our YouTube channel. We are very pleased tonight to host Joseph Ellis to launch the publication of his new book “The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution. We are all familiar with the first American Revolution which broke the bonds between the 13 colonies and Great Britain but once independence was won, how would the new nation survive? “The Quartet” tells the story of those who shaped the government that we still have today. Tonight’s conversation with Professor Ellis is but one…

  • Join Our National Conversations on #RightsAndJustice
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    Join Our National Conversations on #RightsAndJustice

    (Rep. Lewis) The Constitution is a living document. It is not static. As citizens, we need to make it real. Not just for some of us but for all of us. The phrase “with liberty and justice for all” means all. We’re one people, we’re one family. We’re the American Family. (Cokie Roberts) The discovery of an individuals liberty is one of the foundational values of being an American citizen. America has been struggling to define the rights and justices associated with that liberty since the creation of it’s constitution. From this struggle evolved the monumental bill of rights and 17 more amendments to define and protect our liberties. Over…

  • The State of the Constitution: Is the Constitution Still Working for America?
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    The State of the Constitution: Is the Constitution Still Working for America?

    >>Good evening. I’m David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States and it’s a pleasure to welcome you to the McGowan Theatre here at the National Archives on this 227th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. [Applause] Also I want to welcome those of you who are joining us on YouTube. Tonight we’ll engage in a conversation about the state of the constitution, is the constitution still working for America? A panel of experts will explore the relevancy of the constitution and look at court cases and proposals to amend the constitution as well. The program tonight is presented in partnership with the Robert H. Smith Center…

  • Sleepover at the National Archives
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    Sleepover at the National Archives

    music [fife & drums] What I want the kids to realize when they are here tonight is that history is not a bunch of dates and facts that you memorize, history is a selection process, and it chooses every single one of us every single day, and the only question is do you hear the call and I think tonight for all these families here, they’re going to hear the call. I think kids especially, they don’t really think about the past, they don’t really think about history, but it’s amazing when you show them it, for some kids especially, you’ll see them light up and they suddenly realize that…

  • Madison’s Hand:  Revising the Constitutional Convention
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    Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention

    >>TOM NASTICK: Welcome to the William G. McGowan Theater in Washington, D.C. and welcome to those watching on the YouTube channel. Today our series of noontime lectures continues with with James Madison and Constitutional compromise with our guest, Mary Sarah Bilder, author of Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention. I would like to alert you to a couple of programs that will take place in the Theater. On Tuesday, March 22nd at noon author and historian Mitchell Yockelson will discuss his book “Forty-Seven Days”. On Thursday March 24 at 7:30 p.m. we present the forum on Women in Leadership. This year’s topic is “From the Computer Age to the digital…

  • Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations
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    Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

    >>David Ferriero: Good afternoon. I’m David Ferriero, the archivist of the National Archives. And it is a pleasure to welcome you to the William G. McGowan Theater here at the National Archives and Records Administration this afternoon. Welcome to joining of us who are joining us on our YouTube channel. Today we take a look at the treaties between the United States and the American Indian nations, treaties that contain promises but in many cases brought betrayals. Our speakers this afternoon will discuss these treaties which are in the National Archives holdings. We are loaning them to the National Museum of the American Indian not far from here. The overall…

  • Tour of the David M. Rubenstein Gallery at NARA
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    Tour of the David M. Rubenstein Gallery at NARA

    Hi, everybody. I’m Alice Kamps. I’m one of the curators who worked on the Records of Rights exhibit that’s opening next week. We’re standing in the entryway and directly behind me is the Magna Carta, the 1297 Magna Carta, which is on loan to us from David M. Rubenstein. It’s a feature of the entryway of the gallery because it is a document, even though it’s not a federal document, it’s a document that informed the Founders’ ideas about rights in this country. So we have it featured here in a beautiful new case and on either side of it there is a computer-interactive and people can use that to…

  • Constitutional Ethos: Liberal Equality for the Common Good
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    Constitutional Ethos: Liberal Equality for the Common Good

    >>David Ferriero: Good afternoon. I’m David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, and it’s a pleasure to welcome you to the William G. McGowan Theater here at the National Archives for: “Constitutional Ethos: Liberal Equality for the Common Good” with our special guest, author Alexander Tsesis. Before we get started I want to tell you about a few other programs coming up soon in the McGowan Theater. On Thursday October 5 at 7:00, a panel of judges, lawyers and experts will explore the legacy of the four women who have served on, and the 726 women who have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Panelists include Judge Patricia Millett,…

  • National Conversation on Rights and Justice: Building a More Perfect Union
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    National Conversation on Rights and Justice: Building a More Perfect Union

    >>Good evening. I am David Ferriero, the archivist of the United States, and it’s a pleasure to welcome you this evening to the National Archives Building and to the culminating event of our series of National Conversations. In 2014, I attended a civil rights summit at the LBJ Presidential Library to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The summit brought four U.S. presidents, civil rights leaders, scholars and activists together to discuss the future of civil rights advocacy in America. One of the biggest things to come out of the conference for me was the realization that there is so much more to say about rights…