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U.S. Government

Political Thinkers & Ideas | Major Documents | Founders | Habeas Corpus 
Amendments: 1st | Religion | Speech | Press | Assembly | 2nd | 3rd | 4th | 5th | Self-Incrimination | Due Process | 6th | 7th | 8th | 9th | 10th | 13th | 14th | Equal Protection | Due Process |15th | 16th | 19th|
Proposed Amendments | Economic Rights | Legal & Civic Responsibilities | Presidency | Courts | Politics & Elections | State Government | Media | Public Policy & Public Agenda | Foreign Policy, War, & Presidential Power | Immigration | Civil Disobedience | Different Political & Legal Systems | Dictatorships | Cold War & Aftermath | International | Labor | Crime & Criminal Justice


Political Thinkers & Ideas

The Hebrews and the Foundation of Western Law (16,4:00)
The Development of Confucianism in Ancient China (24,2:08)
Plato and The Republic (19,4:03)
Aristotle: In Search of the Best Constitution (4,1:87)
Cicero: Defender of the Roman Republic (23:3:07)
Machiavelli and Tfhe Prince (21,1:04)
Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau on Government (20,2:04)
Edmund Burke: The Father of Conservatism (23:2:07)
Pericles: First Citizen of Athens (2,1:85) (Coming soon)
Democracy and Dictatorship in Ancient Rome (8,4:92)
St. Thomas Aquinas, Natural Law, and the Common Good (22:4:06)
The Citizen in de Tocqueville’s America (2,1:85)
The Transcendentalists in Action (22:1:05)
Social Darwinism and American Laissez-Faire Capitalism (19,2:03)
Karl Marx: A Failed Vision of History (19,2:03)
John Dewey and the Reconstruction of American Democracy (24:1:08)
“Justice as Fairness”: John Rawls and His Theory of Justice (23:3:07)


Major Documents

Meeting at Runnymede: The Story of King John and Magna Carta (3,1:86)
The Mayflower Compact (3,1:86)
The Declaration of Independence and Natural Rights (16,4:00)
The Articles of Confederation (21:4:05)
The Federalist Papers (3,1:86) (Coming soon)


Founders

What Made George Washington a Great Leader? (1,1:84) (Coming soon)
Alexander Hamilton and George Mason: Different Visions (4,1:87) (Coming soon)
The Federalist Papers (3,1:86) (Coming soon)


Habeas Corpus

Hamdi: Holding Enemy Combatants in the War on Terror (21,1:04)
Wartime and the Bill of Rights: The Korematsu Case (18,3:02)
Lincoln and the “Writ of Liberty”(6,2: 89) (Coming soon)


1st Amendment

Religion

“A Woman Not Fit for Our Society”: Anne Hutchinson (5,1: 88) (Coming soon)
Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening in Colonial America (20,4:04) 
Should We Teach Religion in the Public Schools? (5,1: 88)  (Coming soon)
The Scopes Trial (22:2:06)
More Monkey Trials: The Evolution Debate Goes Back to Court (22:2:06)
Taking God Out of the Pledge of Allegiance (20,4:04)
Student-Led Prayers at Public School Events? (17,1:00)
Should Government Aid Students Attending Parochial Schools? (13,4:97)
Separating Church and State (13,4:97)
Blasphemy! Salman Rushdie and Freedom of Expression (15,1:98)
Religious Rights in Conflict (Supreme Court cases) (10,1:93)
Should We Teach Religion in the Public Schools? (5,1: 88) (Coming soon)
The Establishment Clause Revisited (2,2: 86) (Coming soon)

Speech

Young People and the Internet: Censorship and Free Expression (15,4:99)
Old Glory (5,4:89) (Coming soon)
You Don’t Say (5,4:89) (Coming soon)
Should Hate Be Outlawed? (10,3:94)
Music on Trial: Rock, Rap, and Responsibility (13,2:97)
You Don’t Say (5,4:89) (Coming soon)
“Clear and Present Danger” at Home During World War I (4,3:88) (Coming soon)
The Information Revolution (4,3:88) (Coming soon)
The “Meese Commission” Report on Pornography (4,3:88) (Coming soon)

Press

Pulitzer, Hearst, and the “Yellow Press” (5,3:89) (Coming soon)
May Principals Censor School Newspapers?(5,3:89) (Coming soon)
John Peter Zenger and Freedom of the Press (22:3:06)
The Alien and Sedition Acts: Defining American Freedom (19,4:03)
National Security and the “Pentagon Papers” Case (4,3:88)  (Coming soon)
Press Freedom v. Military Censorship: What Should the Rules Be? (8,3:92)
The Dreyfus Affair and the Press (11,1:94)
Sex, Crime, and Jazz-Age Journalism (11,1:94)
Is a Fair Trial Possible in the Age of Mass Media? (11,1:94)
Free Press vs. Fair Trial: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnaping Case (10,1:93)

Assembly

William Lloyd Garrison and the Boston Mob (5,2:88) (Coming soon)
The Lunch Counter Sit-Ins (5,2:88) (Coming soon)


2nd Amendment

Gun Control: What Do Other Democratic Countries Do? (6,1:89) (Coming soon)
Should AK-47s Be Banned? (6,1:89) (Coming soon)


3rd Amendment

            Quartering of Soldiers in Colonial America: What Really Happened? (6,1:89)  (Coming soon)


4th Amendment

The National Security Agency’s Warrantless Wiretaps (22:3:06)
Search and Seizure in Old England: Was a Man’s House His Castle? (6,2: 89) (Coming soon)
When the Police Search in “Good Faith” (6,2: 89) (Coming soon)
New Search Rules for Schools (2,2: 86) (Coming soon)


5th Amendment

Self-Incrimination

Miranda Update (6,3:90) (Coming soon)
“Freeborn John”: A Mighty Voice for English Liberty (4,3:88) (Coming soon)

Due Process of Law

The Palmer “Red Raids” (6,3:90) 

6th Amendment

Bobby Seale: The Defendant Who Was Bound and Gagged (6,4:90)  (Coming soon)

7th Amendment

Civil Trials and Common Law Juries in Medieval England (7,2:90) (Coming soon)

8th Amendment

Whip, Pillory, and Gallows: Punishment in Puritan Massachusetts (7,1:90)  (Coming soon)
Should Kids Who Kill Be Executed? (7,1:90)  (Coming soon)

9th Amendment

The Forgotten Amendment (7,2:90) (Coming soon)

10th Amendment

John Marshall and the Bank Case McCulloch v. Maryland (7,2:90) (Coming soon)

13th Amendment

Reparations For Slavery: Was the 13th Amendment Enough? (7,3:91) (Coming soon)
Night Forever: Slavery In The American South (7,3:91) (Coming soon)
The Struggle Against Indian Slavery In Paraguay (7,3:91) (Coming soon)

14th Amendment

Equal Protection

Women

Have Women Achieved Equality? (20,2:04)
Equal Opportunity in the Military (12,4:96)
The Military Confronts the Harassment of Women and Gays (17,3:01)
Civil Rights in the Workplace (1,2:84) (Coming soon)

Race

Mendez v. Westminster: School Desegregation (23:2:07)
Wartime and the Bill of Rights: The Korematsu Case (18,3:02)
The Southern “Black Codes” of 1865–66 (15,2:99)
Equal Opportunity in the Military (12,4:96)
The Search For Justice Continues (4,2:87) (Coming soon)

Aliens 

The Battle Over Proposition 187 (14,1:98)
Education and the 14th Amendment (7,4:91) 

Gays

Gay Rights and the Constitution (12,4:96)
Equal Opportunity in the Military (12,4:96)
The Military Confronts the Harassment of Women and Gays (17,3:01)

Disabled

Including the Disabled Student (12,4:96)

Due Process

The 14th Amendment and the “Second Bill of Rights” (7,4:91)


15th Amendment

The Black Man and the Fifteenth Amendment (4,2:87) (Coming soon)

16th Amendment

The Income Tax Amendment (11,3:95)

19th Amendment

How the Woman’s Rights Movement Began (4,2:87) (Coming soon)
How Women Won the Right to Vote (20,2:04)


Proposed Amendments

The Balanced Budget Amendment (11,3:95)
The Term-Limits Debate (11,3:95)
Do We Need a New Constitutional Convention?(4,1:87) (Coming soon)

Economic Rights

Digital Piracy in the 21st Century (23:4:08)
The Origins of Patent and Copyright Law (23:4:08)
The Development of Antitrust Enforcement (23:1:07)
Copying Music and Movies from the Internet (19,2:03)
United States v. Microsoft (16,2:00)
Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Monopoly (16,2:00)
Patenting Life (23:4:08)

Legal and Civic Responsibilities

The Cheating Problem (23:4:08)
The Transcendentalists in Action (22:1:05)
Animal Rights (16,4:00)
Uncle Sam Needs You: Is National Service the Answer? (4,4:88)  (Coming soon)
The Citizen Soldier (2,1:85) (Coming soon)
The Citizen in de Tocqueville’s America (2,1:85) (Coming soon)

Presidency

“Let Us Reason Together” Lyndon Johnson, Master Legislator (9,3-4:93)
A Hero Betrayed: The Presidency of U.S. Grant (9,2:93)
King Andy vs. the Radicals (3,3:87) (Coming soon)
See also Foreign Policy, War, and Presidential Power.

Courts

John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trials (16,1:99)
An Independent Judiciary (14,2:98)
An Issue of Consent (14,2:98)
Voters and Judges (14,2:98)
FDR Tries to “Pack” the Supreme Court (10,4:94)
Update on the Supreme Court (10,4:94)
Advice and Consent: Supreme Court Appfointments (4,1:87) (Coming soon)
The Selection of Supreme Court Justices (3,2:86) (Coming soon)
Foundations of Our Democracy (1,2:84) (Coming soon)
The New Supreme Court: Decisions to Come (8,1:91)
Briefly Speaking: Supreme Court Highlights (3,2:86) (Coming soon)
See also Habeas Corpus and the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 14th amendments.

Politics & Elections

How Political Parties Began (24,2:08)
Making it Easier to Vote vs. Guarding Against Election Fraud (24,2:08)
The Election of 1824–25: When the House Chose the President (8,4:92)
TV Attack Ads and the Voter (13,1:96)
Political Scandals: Afre the News Media Focusing on the Wrong Things? (13,1:96)
The Selling of a Leader (Ads and Propaganda) (1,1:84)
Why Don’t People Vote? (8,4:92)
Who Voted in Early America? (8,1:91)
Race and Representation (12,2:96)
Race and Voting in the Segregated South (12,2:96)
A Different Voice: Women in the Congress (9,3-4:93)
Voters and Judges (14,2:98)
Issues in Campaign ‘96 (13,1:96)
The Term-Limits Debate (11,3:95)

State Government

Welfare to Work: The States Take Charge (14,3:98)
The Battle Over Proposition 187 (14,1:98)
A Turnaround on Federalism (2,2: 86)  (Coming soon)
Striking Against the Government (1,4:85) (Coming soon)

The Media

Media Mergers and the Public Interest (23:1:07)
Talk Radio: Playground for Free Speech or a Forum for Hate? (11,4:95)
Conspiracy Theories: Attacks on Jefferson Set the Pattern (11,4:95)
Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (24:1:08)
Pulitzer, Hearst, and the “Yellow Press” (5,3:89) (Coming soon)
Political Scandals: Are the News Media Focusing on the Wrong Things? (13,1:96)
The Dreyfus Affair and the Press (11,1:94)
Sex, Crime, and Jazz-Age Journalism (11,1:94)
Is a Fair Trial Possible in the Age of Mass Media? (11,1:94)
Free Press vs. Fair Trial: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnaping Case (10,1:93)

Public Policy and the Public Agenda

Stem-Cell Research: The Promise and Pitfalls (22:4:06)
Global Warming: What Should We Do About It? (18,4:02)
Oil and National Security (18,2:02)
AIDS in Africa (18,1:01)
The Military Confronts the Harassment of Women and Gays (17,3:01)
Should We Have the Right to Die? (16,1:99)
Welfare to Work: The States Take Charge (14,3:98)
How Welfare Began in the United States (14,3:98)
The Battle Over the National Endowment for the Arts (13,2:97)
Including the Disabled Student (12,4:96)
Equal Opportunity in the Military (12,4:96)
What Should We Do About Crime? (11,2:95)
Development of Juvenile Justice System (11,2:95)
Teaching to the Test in Japan (8,2:92)
The Debate Over School Choice (8,2:92)
Reparations For Slavery: Was The 13th Amendment Enough? (7,3:91)  (Coming soon)
Should AK-47s Be Banned? (6,1:89) (Coming soon)
Gun Control: What Do Other Democratic Countries Do? (6,1:89) (Coming soon)
“Star Wars:” Should We Build a Space-Based Defense System? (4,4:88) (Coming soon)

Foreign Policy, War, and Presidential Power

Is Torture Ever Justified? (22:1:05)
The Bush Doctrine (19,3:03)
The Patriot Act: National Security and Individual Rights (19,4:03)
Oil and National Security (18,2:02)
U.S. Involvement in Nation-Building Before Iraq (20,3:04)
Should Nations Have the Right to Kidnap Criminal Suspects? (10,4:94)
Foreign Policy: Who Should be in Charge? (4,4:88) (Coming soon)
Truman, MacArthur, and the Korean War (17,3:01)
Seizure! Truman Takes tfhe Steel Mills (4,4:88) (Coming soon)
Taking America to War: Who Has the Power? (3,3:87) (Coming soon)
War, Treaties, and the Constitution (1,3:85) (Coming soon)
The Prize Cases (3,2:86) (Coming soon)
War Crimes—The Question of Responsibility (WWII) (1,3:85) (Coming soon)
The U.S. and Iran: Time for a New Beginning? (15,1:98)
“Forgotten Genocide”: The Destruction of the Armenians During World War I (19,3:03)
Should the U.S. Continue Most Favored Nation Trade Status for China? (8,3:92) (Coming soon)
What Should the U.S. Do About Nicaragua? (2,3: 86) (Coming soon)
Compensating the Victims of War (18,3:02)
See also International.

Immigration

Seeking Asylum in the U.S. (10,2:94)
Haiti and the Boat People (10,2:94)
U.S. Immigration Policy and Hitler’s Holocaust (10,2:94)
The Battle Over Proposition 187 (14,1:98)
2087: A Time For Second-Degree Citizenship (4,2:87) (Coming soon)
Rights of Immigrants (1,2:84) (Coming soon)
See also Current Issues of Immigration, a downloadable curriculum on immigration.

Civil Disobedience

“We Came to Free the Slaves”: John Brown on Trial (9,1:92)
Bringing Down an Empire: Gandhi and Civil Disobedience (16,3:00)
The Rescue Movement: Pushing the Limits of Free Speech (16,3:00)
The Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Civil Disobedience on Campus (16,3:00)
Shays’ Rebellion: A Massachusetts Farmer’s Account (4,1:87) (Coming soon)
A Matter of Conscience (2,2: 86) (Coming soon)
Sit-Down Strike!(1,4:85) (Coming soon)

Different Political & Legal Systems

The Origins of Islamic Law (15,1:98)
The Code Napoleon (15,2:99)
The “Swedish Model”: Welfare for Everyone (14,3:98)
The European Union: Toward a “United States of Europe”? (21:4:05)
The European Community: Cooperating Nations or United Superstate? (9,3-4:93)

Dictatorships

Communism, Capitalism, and Democracy in China (24:1:08)
The German Weimar Republic: Why Did Democracy Fail? (21,3:05)
The Suppression of Art in Nazi Germany (13,2:97)
The Number-Two Man (Goering): A Question of Responsibility (6,4:90) (Coming soon)
The Stalin Purges and “Shows Trials” (7,4:91)
The Blood of Poets (5,4:89) (Coming soon)

Cold War & Aftermath

The Marshall Plan for Rebuilding Western Europe (20,3:04)
The Future of NATO (12,3:96)
Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe Today (19,1:02)
Emerging Democracies in Eastern Europe and Russia: How Are They Doing? (19,1:02)
Life Under Communism (19,1:02)
On the Road to Revolution With Boris Yeltsin (8,1:91)
The Story of Lech Walesa and the Polish Solidarity Revolt (1,4:85) (Coming soon)


International

The United Nations: Fifty Years of Keeping the Peace (12,3:96)
Turkey: An Evolving Democracy in the Middle East (22:2:06)
Is Iraq on the Way to Democracy? (21,2:05)
U.S. Involvement in Nation-Building Before Iraq (20,3:04)
Different Visions for Vietnam (20,3:04)
Singapore: Model Society or City of Fear? (10,1:93)
Bringing Democracy to Japan (3,4:87) (Coming soon)
Ruling in the Name of the Emperor: How Japan Became a World Power (9,2:93)
The Philippines: Democracy Still in Doubt (3,4:87) (Coming soon)
South Korea: A Constitution But No Democracy (3,4:87) (Coming soon)
Africa: Trying for a “Second Independence” (14,4:98)
AIDS in Africa (18,1:01)
South Africa: Revolution at the Ballot Box (12,2:96)
Haiti and the Boat People (10,2:94)
Puerto Rico: Commonwealth, Statehood, or Independence (17,4:01)
The Dictatorship and the Democracy: The Stories of Nicaragua and Costa Rica (2,3: 86) (Coming soon)
Sandino: A Rebel With a Cause (2,3: 86) (Coming soon)
New Threats to Nuclear Non-Proliferation (15,3:99)
The First Concentration Camps (Boer War) (1,3:85) (Coming soon)
“Forgotten Genocide”: The Destruction of the Armenians During World War I (19,3:03)
War Crimes—The Question of Responsibility (1,3:85) (Coming soon)
Do We Need a Permanent International Criminal Court (12,3:96)
The Death Penalty and Human Rights: Is the U.S. Out of Step? (15,2:99)
Should Nations Have the Right to Kidnap Criminal Suspects? (10,4:94)
Is Torture Ever Justified? (22:1:05)
Globalization and Worker’s Rights (17,2:01)
Global Warming: What Should We Do About It? (18,4:02)
Compensating the Victims of War (18,3:02)
The Rise of Islamist Terrorist Groups (20,1:04)   (Coming soon)

Labor

Offshoring and the American Worker (21,3:05)
Globalization and Worker’s Rights (17,2:01)
One Big Union—One Big Strike: The Story of the Wobblies (17,2:01)
Marching With “General Ludd”: Machine Breaking in the Industrial Revolution (17,2:01)
Sit-Down Strike!(1,4:85) (Coming soon)
Striking Against the Government (1,4:85) (Coming soon)
Civil Rights in the Workplace (1,2:84) (Coming soon)

Crime & Criminal Justice

How Reliable Are Eyewitnesses? (13,3:97)
DNA, Lie Detector, and Voiceprint Evidence (13,3:97)
Policing the Police (9,2:93)
Does the Criminal Justice System Discriminate Against African Americans? (9,1:92)
Capital Punishment in the U.S.A.: Should Kids Who Kill Be Executed? (7,1:90) (Coming soon)
Race and the Jury System (6,4:90) (Coming soon)
The Dreyfus Affair and the Press (11,1:94)
Sex, Crime, and Jazz-Age Journalism (11,1:94) 
Is a Fair Trial Possible in the Age of Mass Media? (11,1:94)
Free Press vs. Fair Trial: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnaping Case (10,1:93)
What Should We Do About Crime? (11,2:95)
Development of Juvenile Justice System (11,2:95)
Should AK-47s Be Banned? (6,1:89) (Coming soon)
Gun Control: What Do Other Democratic Countries Do? (6,1:89) (Coming soon)
See also 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th amendments.
See also Criminal Justice in America Links, links on all aspects of the criminal justice system based on our popular text.