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Bill of Rights in the News
The Bill of Rights in the News Constitution Courier focuses on issues making headlines that directly relate to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. With current online news articles, discussion questions, and related links and resources, Bill of Rights in the News is a valuable teaching asset for government, history, or civics teachers. View past lessons.
Eisenhower and the Little Rock Crisis DBQ
Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus ordered his state’s National Guard to block the entry of nine newly-enrolled African American students to Central High School in Little Rock. A violent mob gathered in front of the school, and city police failed to control it. Finally, when asked for assistance by the mayor of Little Rock, President Eisenhower believed his constitutional duty to take care that the laws were faithfully executed left him no choice but to intervene, even to the point of using military force against American citizens. Download the complete lesson here.
- McCulloch v. Maryland
- Champions of Freedom: The Founders
- Origins of the Bill of Rights
- George Mason: In His Own Words
- Immigration and the Constitution
- Gouverneur Morris
- Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
- Unlocking Your Cell Phone: Property Rights in the Digital Age
- Gun Rights in the 21st Century
- Search for the Fourth Amendment
- State Ballot Initiatives
- Discussing Controversial Topics – The Second Amendment
- Supreme Court Wrap-Up
- Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine
- Religious Freedom and the Affordable Care Act
- Occupy Protests and the Bill of Rights
- The Stolen Valor Act and False Speech
- Free Speech versus Privacy: Snyder v. Phelps (2011)
- The Healthcare Act, Federalism, and the Commerce Clause
- The Bill of Rights and the Tragedy of the Arizona Shooting
- WikiLeaks: Should Assange be charged under the Espionage Act?
- How do we know if it’s a First Amendment issue?
- Arizona Immigration Law
- Healthcare and the Bill of Rights
- Commemorating 9/11 and America’s Civic Values
- Justice Thomas on National Identity
- Hurricane Katrina and the Bill of Rights