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…

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…

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…

Immigration and the Constitution eLesson

May 15th, 2013 by

Immigration and the Constitution eLesson Our latest eLesson is now available.  Sign up to have our eLessons emailed directly to you! “The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources–because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.” ― Lyndon B. Johnson The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. Read more…

Tax Day and the 16th Amendment

April 15th, 2013 by

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…

Join Our Team: Opportunities at the Institute

March 20th, 2013 by

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…

Unlocking Your Cellphone: Property Rights in the Digital Age

March 6th, 2013 by

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…

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

February 6th, 2013 by

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…