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Celebrate the Bill of Rights

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Why do we have a Bill of Rights? What difference does it make?A brief historyIn the summer of 1787, as the delegates to the Constitutional Convention debated how to establish a system of government that would secure the rights of citizens better than that under the Articles of Confederation, very little time was devoted to discuss the inclusion of a declaration of individual rights against government in the new Constitution. Read More »
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Seven Ways to Teach the U.S. Constitution

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On September 17,  every U.S. educational institution that receives federal funds is required to teach about the United States Constitution. EDSITEment was one of the first federal agencies to establish a Constitution Day feature, and over the years this feature has evolved into a robust mini-site of over 30 lessons, vetted websites, games, and videos.Read More »
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FDR's Four Freedoms Speech For the Classroom

The “Four Freedoms” in historical contextOn January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his annual State of the Union Address to both houses of Congress. At a time when Western Europe lay under Nazi domination and the United States had not yet entered the war, FDR boldly presented a “post-war” vision in which the American ideals of individual liberties were extended throughout the world. Alerting Congress and the nation to the necessity of war, Roosevelt made one of the most famous political formulations of the 20th century, announcing:Read More »
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