Bill of Frights – Plea Bargaining

October 31st, 2012 by

Bill of Frights – Plea Bargaining What could be more frightening than violations of our constitutional rights? But is everything that appears to be a violation actually one? Join us as we explore some current constitutional issues. We hope you enjoy our Bill of Frights! When accused of a crime, every citizen possesses the right Read more…

Marbury v. Madison (1803): Write an Essay

October 29th, 2012 by

Marbury v. Madison: Write an Essay 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 Marbury v. Madison (1803). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Read more…

Faith, Free Speech, and… Football?

October 25th, 2012 by

Faith, Free Speech, and… Football?  It’s Free Speech Week! Visit www.freespeechweek.org to learn more, and continue reading to learn about some current issues dealing with freedom of speech. An interesting case has recently emerged regarding the appropriate application of the First Amendment. Officials at a public school district in East Texas prevented a group of Read more…

Bill of Frights – Warrantless Searches

October 24th, 2012 by

Bill of Frights – Warrantless Searches What could be more frightening than violations of our constitutional rights? But is everything that appears to be a violation actually one? This week we’ll explore some current constitutional issues ripped from the headlines, and delve into some questions about whether rights are being violated. We hope you enjoy Read more…

Marbury v. Madison, Document K: Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 1819

October 22nd, 2012 by

Marbury v. Madison, Document K: Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 1819 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 Marbury v. Madison (1803). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some Read more…

The Right to Resell

October 19th, 2012 by

The Right to Resell A recent Supreme Court case raises interesting questions that we rarely think about: Where do our property rights come from? Just how far do property rights extend? As reported in a variety of media outlets, the Supreme Court will be considering arguments in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, 2012 over Read more…

Bill of Frights – Takings Clause

October 17th, 2012 by

Bill of Frights – Can the Government Take Your Home? What could be more frightening than a violation of our constitutional rights? But what counts as a violation? Over the next few weeks we’ll explore some current constitutional issues ripped from the headlines, and delve into questions about whether our rights are being violated. We Read more…

Marbury v. Madison: Document J, Unanimous Majority Opinion, Marbury v. Madison, 1803

October 15th, 2012 by

Marbury v. Madison: Document J, Unanimous Majority Opinion, Marbury v. Madison, 1803 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 Marbury v. Madison (1803). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions Read more…

What Kind of School is the Electoral College?

October 10th, 2012 by

What Kind of School is the Electoral College? Guest Blogger Jeff Broadwater, Professor of History at Barton College, joins us today to discuss the history of the electoral college and how and why the founders settled on it as the method for electing the President. Few institutions in America are more important, and more misunderstood, Read more…

Marbury v. Madison: Document I, The Kentucky Resolution, Thomas Jefferson (1798)

October 8th, 2012 by

Marbury v. Madison: Document I, The Kentucky Resolution, Thomas Jefferson (1798) 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 Marbury v. Madison (1803). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to Read more…