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    Bill of Rights Creation and Ratification

    Historians and authors talked about the state of the new nation after the U.S. constitution’s ratification and the debate over adding a Bill of Rights. They also spoke about how Congress…

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    Civil Liberties and National Security

    John Whitehead talked about his book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, in which he argues the U.S. is on the verge of becoming what he calls a “police state.”

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    After Words with Carol Berkin

    Carol Berkin, history professor at Baruch College, examines the motivations for the creation of the Bill of Rights, and the debates that it spurred, which are echoed today. She speaks with…

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    21st Century Freedoms

    Liberal, conservative, and libertarian panelists talked about how the Bill of Rights applies to contemporary debates over freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and other issues. “The Fight for Freedom in…

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    First Congress and the Bill of Rights

    Donald Ritchie, Christine Blackerby, and Charles Flanagan spoke about how Congress produced the Bill of Rights despite significant opposition. Ten of the twelve proposed constitution…

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    Book Discussion on Founding Rivals

    Chris DeRose recounts the congressional campaign between James Madison and James Monroe in 1789 for election to Virginia’s Fifth District, the only time two future presidents ran against…

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    Jeffrey Rosen on the National Constitution Center

    Jeffrey Rosen talked about the work of the National Constitution Center, including the opening of a new exhibit and a book fair to celebrate Bill of Rights Day, December 15, 2014.

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    The Bill of Rights

    Justice Samuel Alito, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and others spoke at the National Constitution Center, which put an original copy of the Bill of Rights on display, along with copies of the…

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    First Congress and the Bill of Rights

    Public Policy Professor Gordon Lloyd talked about how the first Congress dealt with the Bill of Rights, and the views of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson on the document. He spoke at the…

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    State Origins of the Bill of Rights

    Public Policy Professor Gordon Lloyd spoke about the state origins of the Bill of Rights, specifically property and voting rights, and religious freedom. He spoke at the Ronald Reagan…

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    Colonial and British Origins of the Bill of Rights

    Public Policy Professor Gordon Lloyd spoke about the British and colonial traditions that inspired the Bill of Rights, including the Magna Carta. He spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential…

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    Book Discussion on Founding Rivals

    Chris DeRose discussed the creation of the Bill of Rights and the election that enabled it. His forthcoming book was Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and The…

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    Book Discussion on Birth of the Nation and Creating the Bill of Rights

    Charlene Bickford and Ken Bowling talked about their books Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress, 1789-1791, published by Madison House Publishers, and Creating the Bill of…

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    Book Discussion on Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic

    David Howard follows the travels of one of the original fourteen copies of the Bill of Rights. The document was stolen by a unknown Union infantryman from the North Carolina state house near the end of…

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    James Madison and the Bill of Rights

    Constitutional scholar Linda Monk discussed the achievement of the First Congress in passing the Bill of Rights. She examined Representative James Madison’s fight to have the legislation pass to…

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    Public Defender System

    The Department of Justice held a symposium on the public defender system. Attorney General Eric Holder gave the keynote address. In his remarks he promised the Justice Department under his…

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    Defending Juveniles

    Panelists talked about innovations in the juvenile defense system. Kristen Henning moderated. The Department of Justice held a symposium on the public defender system.

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    Mike Wallace Interview with William O. Douglas

    Associate Justice William Douglas talked with Mike Wallace about freedom of expression and the freedom to exchange ideas. He talked about post-war threats to American freedoms and about his book, The Right of the…

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    Book Discussion on In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action

    The two attorneys discussed their book, In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action. They said the book was written to show a such a short document written 200 years ago for a very different…

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    Germ Warfare and Contagious Diseases

    A panel discussion was held by legal, scientific, and counterterrorism experts on whether certain responses to a major epidemic or biowarfare incident such as forced inoculation, isolation,…

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