Abigail Adams- Blog Post

December 16th, 2013 by

Abigail Adams “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” 1776 Abigail Smith Adams was born in Massachusetts, a descendant of the distinguished Quincy family. Though Abigail received no Read more…

Free Speech Week

October 21st, 2013 by

Free Speech Week It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect the speech of people with whom we agree. For the First Amendment, that is not good enough. So it is really important that we protect First Amendment rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on. Read more…

America’s Founders – Blog Post

October 21st, 2013 by

  Which Founder are you? The founding of the United States was marked by an opposition to rule by powerful monarchs and elites. After the American Revolution, prominent leaders in the colonies came together to design a limited government with checks and balances which would protect the rights of its citizens. Fittingly, no one person Read more…

Seward’s Folly

October 18th, 2013 by

Seward’s Folly On this day in 1867 the United States officially took possession of the territory of Alaska after purchasing it from the Russian Empire. In the aftermath of the Crimean War, Russia feared that in future conflicts with Britain Alaska would be difficult to defend. The Russian Empire was badly in need of funds Read more…

The Expansion of the Franchise

October 2nd, 2013 by

The Expansion of the Franchise The history of the amendments to the Constitution is, in one sense, a history of the expansion of certain political freedoms, including voting. At the Founding of the United States, many groups, including landless white men, slaves, free blacks, and women, could not vote. Much has changed since then. Almost Read more…

The Constitutionality of Affirmative Action

September 23rd, 2013 by

The Constitutionality of Affirmative Action Affirmative action has long been perceived as a necessary means of making amends for the history of racism in the United States. Over time, there have been several challenges to the constitutionality of affirmative action policies, prompting the question: Do such policies violate the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause under Read more…

Free Speech on Campus

September 18th, 2013 by

Free Speech on Campus The right to free speech is one of the most treasured in academia. The ability to express one’s opinions without fear of reprisal from those in power is what enables the free flow of ideas. However not all free speech is valued equally. Restrictive speech codes have many pointing towards a Read more…

Supreme Court Summer Wrap-up eLesson

September 4th, 2013 by

Supreme Court Summer Wrap-up Many of us spent the summer months enjoying the warm weather and relaxing by a pool, but for the nine justices of the Supreme Court the summer of 2013 will go down as being one of the busiest in recent memory. A lot of major cases with far-reaching implications were decided Read more…

How One Teacher Uses Bill of Rights Institutes’ Teaching with Current Events

June 4th, 2013 by

How One Teacher Uses Bill of Rights Institutes’ Teaching with Current Events Valencia Abbott, a Social Studies teacher at Rockingham Early College High School in Wentworth, North Carolina, shared how she uses the Teaching with Current Events resource at BillofRightsInstitute.org. Ms. Abbott believes that the study of current events is an invigorating way to encompass Read more…

George Mason: In His Own Words eLesson

May 28th, 2013 by

George Mason: In His Own Words Although your school year might be winding down, at this time in 1787 the Founders were just getting started at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.  Learn more about Founder George Mason in this week’s eLesson. George Mason’s ideas helped to shape the Founding documents of the United States, but Read more…