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Amendments

The United States has the most difficult to amend constitution in the entire world. People might remember that it takes two-thirds of each house of Congress and three-quarters of the states. This means that in order to win what I call the amendment game, you have to get 67 votes in the Senate, whatever two-thirds of 435 is in the House plus a minimum of 75 state legislative houses. That’s if you want to change the Constitution.

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An Instrument of Freedom

It’s almost by divine providence, that these men gathered together in that hot Constitutional Convention, and worked on it those periods of time. Ben Franklin said when he walked out after a press person asked him, “What have you wrought?” And he said, a document, a republic, if you can keep it. And that’s been tested many times and we’ve kept it.

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Bill of Rights

The notion of the Bill of Rights is the great protector of the American individual rights is a modern idea, not part of our Constitutional history.

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Civil Rights Movement

"We are disinherited of this land. We who have been oppressed so long, are tired of going through the long night of captivity. Now we are reaching out for the daybreak of freedom and justice and equality." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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Constitutional Convention

34 states, under our current system of 50 states, can request that the Congress call a Constitutional Convention. Congress has no leeway. It must call a Constitutional Convention. And it really has no role in that Constitutional Convention. That’s up to the states.

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Constitutional Law

The delegates of Philadelphia were statesmen. They understood the needs of the nation. But they also had to take the package back to their respective states and sell it.

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Declaration of War

Committing the armed forces to potential injury and to killing others as well is the most critical decision a president or a country can ever make.

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First Continental Congress I

In early spring 1774, the British Parliament, angered over colonial insubordination, passed a series of acts that would prove the law of unintended consequences. They would toss up a revolution.

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First Continental Congress II

When in September 1774 the First Continental Congress met in Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, tensions between Great Britain and her rebellious colonies had reached fever pitch.

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First Ladies: Dolley Madison

For nearly five decades Mrs. James Madison, Dolley, was the center of social life in the nation's capital.

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