Countdown to the Constitution July 25: Establishing the Presidency

July 29th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – Establishing the Presidency One of the most persistent topics discussed in the Philadelphia Convention was the structure of the presidency. The Framers had grappled with this topic on June 1, 2, 4, 9, and 18, and then again on July 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, and 26. The main issues were questions Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 9

July 28th, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Council of Revision

July 22nd, 2011 by

Two months into the Convention, the delegates could finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Delegates had debated the resolutions presented by the delegation of Virginia, amended them, and debated them again. Before sending the revised amendments to a Committee of Detail that would create a rough draft of the Constitution, however, Read more…

Document 8 – Tinker v. Des Moines

July 22nd, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Reviewing Committee of Detail Report

July 18th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – As the convention pressed into the late days of July, debate turned to the revised Virginia Plan’s resolutions on the Executive Branch. The ninth resolution proposed that “a National Executive be instituted to consist of a single person, to be chosen by the National Legislature for the term of seven years…”. All delegations Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 7

July 14th, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should Read more…

Carry your Rights in your Pocket!

July 13th, 2011 by

We recently redesigned our Pocket Constitutions and wanted you to be the first to know! This new edition contains the full text of the United States’ Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, as well as all of the amendments. This edition of the Pocket Constitution also includes important dates and historical facts from Read more…

Americapedia has Arrived!

July 12th, 2011 by

The Bill of Rights Institute is excited to introduce a new resource for you: Americapedia! Americapedia is a concise but thorough online reference guide for teachers, students, and anyone interested in American history. It is divided into five key categories: People, Constitution, Documents, Landmark Supreme Court Cases, and Civic Values. Each category contains 50-100 entries, Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Representation: Down to the Details

July 11th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – The Gerry Commission report gave form to the idea, which had been bubbling up in debate, of a union “partly national, partly federal”. Because this idea was gaining momentum, the Gerry Commission report might be seen as the “Nationalists’ Last Gasp.” The bloc of delegates – including James Madison, James Wilson, and Gouverneur Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 6

July 8th, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should Read more…