The Confederate license plate debate

The Confederate license plate debate

Podcast: The Confederate license plate debate

Can a President really by censured? The answer is Yes and No

Created Equal? Freedom Riders: Roadblocks and Redemption on “Freedom’s Main Line”

Renewing the American “We”: What We Owe James Wilson April 1, 2015

Video: Was Hobby Lobby Wrongly Decided?

Was Hobby Lobby Wrongly Decided?

Was Hobby Lobby Wrongly Decided?

Live Video (6 P.M.): Freedom Riders talk about Roadblocks and Redemption

Constitution Check: Is the Supreme Court promoting race bias in election districting?

Supreme Court gives pregnant woman second chance in discrimination case

Supreme Court sends Alabama redistricting plan back to lower court

Other past and future presidential candidates and birthplace issues

Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech

Created Equal? Freedom Riders: Roadblocks and Redemption on “Freedom’s Main Line”

Video: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech

Constitution Check: Have voter ID laws survived a new round of challenges?

How Obamacare has faced five years of constitutional challenges

Independence Week

Wawa Hoagie Day

Can Ted Cruz serve as President if he was born in Canada?

Supreme Court hears Confederate license plate case today

Wikipedia challenge to NSA surveillance weighs privacy violation and proper targeting

On the origins of America’s culture of tax resistance: The Stamp Act crisis

IQ2US Debate

Do the Founding Fathers Have All the Answers?

The Constitution 101: Everything You Need to Know in 2015

Hollingsworth v. Perry: A Revolutionary Decision

The Beginning of the Bill Of Rights

Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions

The New Glass Ceiling: The Status of Women’s Rights in the Workplace

Joseph Ellis: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution

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The First Amendment and racist speech on college campuses

The First Amendment and racist speech on college campuses

Podcast: The First Amendment and racist speech on college campuses

Film Screening and Philadelphia Premiere of “14”

Richard Reeves: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment

An Expert Guide to America’s Constitutional Landscape

How Presidents Interpret the Constitution

The Declaration of Independence and the Nation that Followed

Senator Mike Lee: Our Lost Constitution

Renewing the American “We”: What We Owe James Wilson

Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedoms Town Hall Program in Washington,D.C.

Constitution Check: Is the secret foreign intelligence court operating unconstitutionally?

On The Road with America’s Town Hall for 2 Special March Events!

The Fourth Amendment and Robert Durst’s alleged confession

Constitution Check: Who will blink first on same-sex marriage in Alabama?

James McPherson: Why the Civil War Still Matters

Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech

James McPherson: Why the Civil War Still Matters

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James Madison: Birthday quotes from the most quotable Founding Father

The Voting Rights Act at 50: Racial justice, federal protection, and the fight for local control

Exploring the World’s Constitutions Onsite and Online

The National Constitution Center is proud to partner with the Constitute Project and Google Ideas to provide exciting new tools to the Center’s onsite and online visitors that show how constitutions are written globally – and how they can be revised.

New Exhibition! Constitute: Exploring the World’s Constitutions

At the Center, visitors will find a new exhibit called, Constitute: Exploring the World’s Constitutions. Constitute is a powerful research tool for constitutional drafters around the world. Experts have gathered and indexed the text of every country’s current constitution onto one website that is easily searchable.

Now, drafters, students, or any interested user can browse a wide variety of topics to compare and analyze constitutional texts.

In the exhibit, visitors can use tablets to explore the Constitute website. For a guided experience, they can follow the directions at each station. Anyone with Internet access can also go to constituteproject.org for full access to this acclaimed website.

You can read more about the Constitute Project on its website at constituteproject.org.

New Interactive! Constitutional Rights: Origins and Travels

Another exciting interactive project available to onsite and online visitors is Constitutional Rights: Origins and Travels.

Within the Center, two large screens are available where visitors can experience the origin and spread of the U.S. Bill of Rights around the world. One screen is located within the new George H.W. Bush Gallery, in the Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights exhibition, which is currently displaying one of 12 surviving original copies of the Bill of Rights. The other screen is located in the main exhibition gallery, in the new Google Constitute space.

This interactive explores two fundamental questions. First, how did the U.S. Founders craft their version of fundamental rights? Using “Writing Rights,” visitors can read the Revolutionary-era state constitutions and other documents that inspired the final amendments and then follow the linguistic twists and turns of each of the proposals.

Second, how do rights in the U.S. Constitution compare with those in other constitutions around the world? “Rights Around the World” identifies 32 distinct rights in the U.S. Constitution. Visitors can compare the textual protection of these rights in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights to the text of the same rights in the constitutions of the 194 countries around the world.

An online version of this interactive is available at: constitutionalrights.constitutioncenter.org/

New Collaborative Workspace! Drafting Lab

And finally, opening soon at the Center by private reservation only is a physical collaboration space called Drafting Lab: Writing the World’s Constitutions. In the Drafting Lab, international visitors and school groups will be able to draft constitutions at the Center and online, using Constitute and Constitutional Rights: Origins and Travels.

Google Ideas is a co-sponsor of the Drafting Lab, and its conference facilities include the latest Google video and collaborative technology.

The Constitute exhibit project is a joint venture between the National Constitution Center and researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. The graphics employ global historical data from the Comparative Constitutions Project and its related site, Constitute, an online tool for constitutional drafting. Infographic design was provided by the Texas Advanced Computer Center and Tiffany Farrant-Gonzalez.

Support for the Comparative Constitutions Project comes from the National Science Foundation with additional funding from Google Ideas to the University of Texas at Austin. Funding for the Drafting Lab is provided in conjunction with Google Ideas.

Court compels Philly transit agency to run Hitler ads

The President, Congress, Iran and the Constitution

The President, Congress, Iran and the Constitution

Podcast: American foreign policy, Iran and the Constitution

Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech

The President, Congress, Iran and the Constitution

Constitution Check: Could senators be prosecuted for trying to deal directly with Iran’s leaders?

Can the Supreme Court seek justice in Legoland?

Speaking Out For Equality Press Kit

Key items in the constitutional debate over Congress, Obama and Iran

New Exhibition, Speaking Out For Equality, Opens This Summer at the Constitution Center

New Town Hall Programs for the Spring Season at the National Constitution Center

Constitution Check: Is an old doctrine of separating government powers getting new life?

The man who delivered California to the U.S., and was fired for it

James McPherson: Why the Civil War Still Matters

How the Magna Carta Shaped America March 11, 2015

Behind the Revolt: The Origins of American Independence

Behind the Revolt: The Origins of American Independence

Video Replay: The Origins of American Independence

Israel, Facebook cases highlight imminent Supreme Court decisions

Selma 50 Years Later: The Shining Moment In The Conscience Of Man

Legal Studies Intern

Sheriffs file Supremacy Clause suit to stop pot in Colorado

Can a few words shut down Obamacare?

Can a few words shut down Obamacare?

Podcast: Can a few words shut down Obamacare?

Stripes and Star Festival: Flag Day and Army Birthday 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

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Earth Day 2015

The Museum is closed today.

Weather Update

Do We Need An Equal Rights Amendment?

How does an argument over four words suddenly become a big deal constitutionally?

Tax Day April 15, 2015

Supreme Court Obamacare challenge takes shape, finally

Freedom from Excessive Punishment

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Civic Holiday: Bill of Rights Day

A state governor faces a heavy decision, as a death row inmate’s life hangs in the balance. Voices both for and against the death penalty grow louder as she considers both sides of the argument. Hear how she weighs the issue just two hours before the scheduled execution.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the protections of the 8th Amendment?
  2. What is happening outside the governor’s mansion? Why? What is the issue?
  3. What are the arguments against capital punishment that the governor must consider?
  4. What are the arguments in support of capital punishment?
  5. You are the Governor! Using the language of the 8th Amendment, as well as the arguments for and against capital punishment, what decision would you make in this case? Be prepared to support your answer with textual evidence.
  6. How do we define a cruel and unusual punishment? Has that definition changed over time?

Lesson Plans

Freedom from Excessive Punishment Lesson Plan

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Civic Holiday: Bill of Rights Day

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Search and Seizure

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Civic Holiday: Bill of Rights Day

The Constitution protects us against unreasonable search and seizure. A school student feels that her right to privacy has been violated by her principal’s search of her purse. She offers her side of the story, and gives you something to think about when it comes to the 4th Amendment.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the protections of the 4th Amendment?
  2. What are the facts of this case? What happened? Try to include facts that involve actions by both the school and TLO.
  3. What are the responsibilities of the students, teachers, and administrators at school?
  4. Do students have a right to privacy at school? What are the limits to this right?
  5. How can a student’s right to privacy interfere with the responsibilities of teachers and administrators?
  6. You are a Supreme Court Justice! Applying the language of the 4th Amendment to the facts in the case New Jersey v. TLO, how would you rule in this case? Be prepared to support your answer with textual evidence.

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Search & Seizure Lesson Plan

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Freedom of Expression

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Civic Holiday: Bill of Rights Day

A group that preaches hate wants to hold a public rally at a historic site. The Constitution protects free speech, but what about messages that are unpleasant or hurtful—do we have to hear those, too? A park ranger offers his take on these controversial visitors.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the protections of the 1st Amendment?
  2. What happened in Maryland at the Antietam battlefield?
  3. Does the 1st Amendment protect all forms of speech? Can anybody say anything they want, wherever they want, to whomever they want?
  4. Can the government restrict ideas or speech considered hurtful, even before they are expressed?
  5. According to the National Park Ranger, why should the KKK be allowed to hold a rally at the Antietam Battlefield?
  6. What does the National Park Ranger mean by the phrase “marketplace of ideas”? Why is it important to have a "marketplace of ideas""?

Lesson Plans

Freedom of Expression Lesson Plan

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