Jeffery Rosen and David Rubenstein look at why James Madison and others gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 with the goal of creating a stronger, but still limited, federal government.
In this excerpt from their pamphlet about the “Constituting Liberty” exhibition, Jeffery Rosen and David Rubenstein put the Declaration of Independence in context.
John Marshall: The Chief Justice Who Saved the Nation (2:30 – 3:30 p.m.) Award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals how John Marshall emerged from the Revolutionary War’s bloodiest battlefields to become one of the nation’s most important Founding Fathers. As the longest-serving Chief Justice in American history, Marshall transformed the Supreme Court from an irrelevant appeals court into the […]
The Conscience of the Constitution: Is liberty or democracy the primary constitutional value? Join constitutional scholars Timothy Sandefur and Kermit Roosevelt for a conversation exploring this compelling question— the basis for Sandefur’s most recent book The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty. Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen moderates. Watch live beginning at 1:15 ET:
Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of the Left and Right (11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.) Perhaps to better understand Washington’s intractable partisan gridlock, we can look to its roots. We ask Conservative intellectual Yuval Levin and the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to explore the origins of the left/right divide by examining the views of the men who best represented […]
Jeffery Rosen and David Rubenstein explain why the three most important documents in American history matter – and what they mean – as Constitution Daily counts down to the debut on December 15 at the National Constitution Center of an original copy of the Bill of Rights.
December 12 is a big anniversary for those of us in Pennsylvania: It’s the day the James Wilson led an emotional effort to approve the proposed U.S. constitution in the Keystone state, in a huge step toward the eventual ratification of our Founding document.
As Constitution Daily counts down to the debut on December 15 at the National Constitution Center of an exhibition featuring an original copy of the Bill of Rights, we are looking at some fascinating facts about the iconic document. Today: Learn all about the Bill of Rights in just one video.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the public trust doctrine, which dates back to Roman civil law, and why finding wording in the Constitution to embrace it has not been an easy task.
Today marks the 78th anniversary of King Edward VIII’s abdication in England in the 1930s, which highlights the constitutional differences in two nations between replacing a head of state.