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  • Supreme Court Landmark Case emPlessy v Fergusonem
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    Supreme Court Landmark Case Plessy v. Ferguson

    Landmark Cases explored Plessy v. Ferguson, which came about after Homer Plessy, an African American man, was arrested in New Orleans for taking a seat reserved for whites on a train. The Court’s 7-1…

  • emAmerican Founding Sonem
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    American Founding Son

    Gerard Magliocca talked about his book, American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment, in which he recounts the life of lawyer and Ohio Congressman John…

  • Supreme Court Landmark Case emYick Wo v Hopkinsem
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    Supreme Court Landmark Case Yick Wo v. Hopkins

    Professors Mae Ngai and Josh Blackman talked about the 1886 Supreme Court decision in Yick Wo v. Hopkins, a case in which a Chinese laundry owner challenged a discriminatory city ordinance. The…

  • emThe Three Lives of James Madisonem
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    The Three Lives of James Madison

    Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman recounted the political life of James Madison.

  • Supreme Court Landmark Case Civil Rights Cases of 1883
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    Supreme Court Landmark Case, Civil Rights Cases of 1883

    Howard Law School Dean Danielle Holley-Walker and U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow talked about Civil Rights Cases (1883). In the group of five consolidated cases, the Supreme Court…

  • History of Gun Rights in America
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    History of Gun Rights in America

    Historian Patrick Charles and legal scholar Brannon Denning discuss the history of the second amendment and American gun rights from the drafting of the Bill of Rights to more recent…

  • Supreme Court Landmark Case emMcCulloch v Marylandem
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    Supreme Court Landmark Case McCulloch v. Maryland

    Law professors Mark Killenbeck and Farah Peterson talked about the 1819 Supreme Court case McCulloch v. Maryland, which solidified the federal government’s ability to take actions not explicitly…

  • David Keene and Tom Donnelly Discuss the Second Amendment
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    Shall Not Be Infringed

    David Keene, author of Shall Not Be Infringed, spoke with Tom Donnelly, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center, about the Second Amendment. They spoke at…

  • emThe Second Amendmentem
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    The Second Amendment

    Michael Waldman talked about his book, The Second Amendment: A Biography, in which he examines the history of the Second Amendment, which protects the right of individuals to keep and bear…

  • Landmark Cases II Series Launch
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    Landmark Cases Second Season Launch

    National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen and constitutional scholars Akhil Amar and Michael Paulsen previewed the second season of “Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions.” The…

  • Freedom and Equality after Emancipation
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    Freedom and Equality after Emancipation

    2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment’s addition to the U.S. Constitution. The measure addressed citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws. In this program, Civil…

  • emMayorem
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    Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter discussed his career in politics.

  • emThe Heart of the Constitutionem
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    The Heart of the Constitution

    Indiana University Law School professor Gerard Magliocca provided a history of the Bill of Rights.

  • Drafting the US Constitution
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    Drafting the U.S. Constitution

    Jeffrey Rosen gave a tour of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and spoke about the creation of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. He also showed several rare early drafts.

  • Supreme Court Landmark Case emMapp v Ohioem
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    Supreme Court Landmark Case Mapp v. Ohio

    Professors Carolyn Long and Renee Hutchins talked about the 1961 U.S. Supreme Court case Mapp v. Ohio, in which the court applied, via a 5-4 decision, Fourth Amendment protection against…

  • Justice Ginsburg Reflects on 25 Years on the Supreme Court
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    Justice Ginsburg on 25 Years on the Supreme Court

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about the #MeToo movement and other social movements over the last century. She was interviewed by National Constitution Center President…

  • Supreme Court Landmark Case emLochner v New Yorkem
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    Supreme Court Landmark Case Lochner v. New York

    Randy Barnett and Paul Kens talked about the 1905 U.S. Supreme Court case Lochner v. New York in which the court voted 5-4 to strike down a state law restricting the number of hours that a baker could…

  • Supreme Court Landmark Case emDred Scott v Sandfordem
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    Supreme Court Landmark Case Dred Scott v. Sandford

    Professors Christopher Bracey and Martha Jones talked about the background of the 1857 Supreme Court case Dred Scott v. Sandford, in which the court sided 7-2 with slavery and declared that Dred…

  • Revisiting Founding Era Documents
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    Revisiting Founding Era Documents

    Historians Carol Berkin and Denver Brunsman, community leader Farah Jimenez, and the Constitutional Sources Project executive director Julie Silverbrook highlighted two lesser known…

  • emThe Thin Light of Freedomem
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    The Thin Light of Freedom

    Edward Ayers talked about his book The Thing Light of Freedom, in which he provided a history of the Civil War.

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