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A preview of "Constitution USA"

Constitution USA

This four-hour PBS series introduces viewers to some of today’s major constitutional debates—free speech in the digital age, same-sex marriage, voting rights, separation of church and state, presidential power in the post-9/11 world, to name just a few—and the fascinating stories of the people they affect every day.

Former President Richard Nixon dies

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April 22, 1994

Martin Luther King publishes his Letter from a Birmingham Jail

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April 16, 1963

Lousiana Purchase Treaty signed

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Dr. Martin Luther King delivers last speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop"

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April 3, 1968
  • Launchpad: “Chamberlain” by Michael Shaara

    Created April 2, 2013

    Launchpad: “Chamberlain” by Michael Shaara

    A crop of "Guerrilla Warfare. Picket Duty in Virginia," 1862Directions: This Launchpad, adapted from the What So Proudly We Hail curriculum, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of “Chamberlain,” a chapter from Michael Shaara’s novel The Killer Angels.

    Spanish adventurer Juan Ponce de León makes first known landing in Florida by a European explorer

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    President Wilson asks for Declaration of War against Germany

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    April 2, 1917

    The 15th amendment to the Constitution, giving black men the right to vote, declared in effect

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