Tax Day and the 16th Amendment

Tax Day and the 16th Amendment Happy Tax Day! The celebratory tone might be a bit out of place, but from a constitutional perspective tax day, and the 16th Amendment which created it, are fascinating examples of politics in action. The 16th Amendment, which authorized the Federal Government to levy an income tax, was passed on Read more…

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Join Our Team: Opportunities at the Institute

Join Our Team: Opportunities at the Institute Love the Bill of Rights Institutes’ resources and workshops? Want to help other teachers expand their knowledge of the Constitution and Founding documents? Join the Institute team today! We are looking for an entrepreneurial, creative, and driven educator who can help us plan and implement new teacher-related programs. Read more…

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Toast the Constitution!

Toast the Constitution! Bring the people, places, and history of the Prohibition Era alive with these new interactive lessons. In “The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” your students will learn about the background of the 18th Amendment, the individuals who fought for and against Prohibition, and its eventual repeal. They will use their new knowledge Read more…

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Unlocking Your Cellphone: Property Rights in the Digital Age

Unlocking your Cellphone: Property Rights in the Digital Age If there’s one gadget nearly impossible to live without in the 21st century, it’s the cellphone. Most of us keep one on us at all times, and a recent survey showed that, for a majority of 18-34 year olds, the hardest possession to live without would Read more…

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Brown v. Board of Education eLesson

Brown v. Board of Education, 1954 eLesson Celebrate Black History month with materials on two landmark Supreme Court cases on the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. How could the same words have been interpreted so differently in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and sixty years later in Brown v. Board of Education (1954)? Read some background Read more…

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Brown v. Board (1954): The Issue Endures

Brown v. Board (1954): The Issue Endures  

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Brown v. Board of Education, Document K: “Supreme Court Decision,” (1954)

Brown v. Board of Education, Document K: “Supreme Court Decision,” (1954) Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This winter the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with Read more…

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Bill of Rights in the News: Gun Rights in the 21st Century

Bill of Rights in the News: Gun Rights in the 21st Century In the wake of recent tragic shootings, there has been a significant revival of the debate over the Second Amendment and gun control. The debate, in broad generalities, is split between two sides. On one side are gun control advocates who believe that Read more…

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Brown v. Board of Education, Document J: Majority Opinion in Brown II (1955)

Brown v. Board of Education, Document J: Majority Opinion in Brown II (1955) Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This winter the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along Read more…

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Brown v. Board of Education, Document I: Unanimous Majority Opinion

Brown v. Board of Education, Document I: Unanimous Majority Opinion Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This winter the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions Read more…

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