How Thomas Paine’s other pamphlet saved the Revolution

The publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense caused a sensation in early 1776 as it explained the need for freedom. But it was a second series of pamphlets published on December 19 of that year that inspire a huge American military victory.


Video: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the birth of the left and right

At our recent Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, we looked at the origin of the constitutional debate between liberals and conservatives in the Founding era. Conservative intellectual Yuval Levin and the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen explored the origins of the left/right divide by examining the views of the men who best represented each […]


Korematsu: A decision that is still questioned today

On December 18, 1944, the Supreme Court announced one of its most shocking decisions ever. The Korematsu decision is still controversial, since it allowed the federal government to detain a person based on their race during a wartime situation.

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