The U.S. Constitution – What It Says, What It Means, Why It Matters
Mondays, 9:30 – 11:30
Niles Schore, Instructor
Niles’ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full text of the U. S. Constitution
Articles of Confederation
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Compare Versions of the Declaration of Independence
Original Thirteen States
Poster United States 1783-1803 Shephard 1923
Citations, Reports, On-line Legal
Week 1 – March 13, 2017
Evaluating a Supreme Court Case — First Look
Northwest Ordinance; July 13, 1787
How An Idea Becomes the Law
Notes: Week 1
Week 2 – March 20, 2017
Notes: Week 2
Week 3 – March 27, 2017
1. Redistricting/Apportionment cases
a. Bethune-Hill v. VA Bd. of Elections
b. Evenwell v. Texas
c. Harris v. Ind. Redistricting Comm’n.
d. Vieth v. Jubelirer
e. Whitford v. Gill
Additional Whitford v. Gill link
2. Necessary and Proper Clause
a. Hamilton’s Opinion on the US Bank
b. Jefferson’s Opinion on the US Bank
Week 4 – April 3, 2017
1. Legislators have a constitutional responsibility to approve protracted foreign military action.
3. Don’t despair. Our constitutional system is working as it’s supposed to.
4. The G.O.P. has no coherent idea or shared vision of what it wants to achieve, aside from killing Obamacare.
Week 5 – April 10, 2017
Question: In Week 2, we said that the two essential elements of American Democracy are first, majority rule and second, the protection of the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Is the Electoral College the mechanism by which the minority is protected from the tyranny of the majority? Or is it simply a barrier to democracy in the twenty-first century?
For more information about Executive Orders, see:
Week 6 – April 17, 2017
Not all conservatives are originalists, nor are all originalists conservative: