The Founders produced ideas about constitutions that have had lasting influence at home and abroad.
To know what the Framers intended, we need to understand the historical context.
The first ten amendments prevent majorities from exercising power at the expense of individuals. But they weren’t called a “bill of rights” until more than a century after ratification.
Taft is remembered for emphasizing constitutional restraint as President, but he also set aside more public lands and brought more anti-trust suits than his predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt. And he set the standard for integrity and personal conduct in the White House.
In order to have a well-informed citizenry, it's critical to focus on history and civics education in our schools.
It is important to tell the story of the Constitution’s origins in a way that demythifies it. Impressive as they were, the men who wrote the Constitution were not demigods; they had interests, prejudices, and moral blind spots.
A diminutive, persuasive Virginian hijacked the Constitutional Convention and forced the moderates to accept a national government with vastly expanded powers
The Founding Fathers’ belief in the “law of the land” derived from a 13th-century document recently donated to the National Archives
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SET ASIDE THE CONSTITUTION?
We tend to see the Constitution as permanent and inviolable—but we’re always wild to change it
A recent British ambassador to Washington takes a generous-spirited but clear-eyed look at the document that, as he points out, owes its existence to King George III
OR DON’T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN RAM THROUGH TODAY
After the Revolution, Washington returned to farming at Mount Vernon but eventually called for that he wished a “Convention of the People” to establish a “Federal Constitution”
The battle smoke of the Revolution had scarcely cleared when desperate economic conditions in Massachusetts led former patriots to rise against the government they had created. The fear this event aroused played an important part in shaping the new Constitution of the United States
Without doubt they were Washington, who walked carefully within the Constitution, and Lincoln, who stretched it as far as he dared