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Class in Rolla This Weekend: Birth of the U.S. Constitution

Class in Rolla This Weekend: Birth of the U.S. Constitution

This Saturday in Rolla, Missouri, the Freedom Center’s director of litigation, Dave Roland, will be offering a class on the Birth of the U.S. Constitution.  Attendees will learn about the origins of constitutionalism under English law, the Articles of Confederation and the crisis of government following the American Revolution, and the intense national debate over whether the Constitution should be ratified.  They will also get a step-by-step look at what our Constitution actually says about how our governmental system is…

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The Principal Office of Government

The Principal Office of Government

On January 4, 2012, Dave Roland gave this speech (text version may be found below) at the state capitol in Jefferson City, explaining the historical context for Article I, Section 2, of the Missouri Constitution. That provision reads: “All constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry; all persons are created equal and…

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The Debate With Phyllis Schlafly

The Debate With Phyllis Schlafly

This is the video of Dave’s March 1 debate with conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly regarding whether states should consider calling for a national convention to consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Part I of the debate: Part II of the debate:

Learn About the Birth of the U.S. Constitution

Learn About the Birth of the U.S. Constitution

Almost everyone who grew up in the United States was taught about the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, but people often overlook the time period that elapsed between the writing of the Declaration and the ratification of the Constitution.  What did American government look like in these intervening years? How did the lessons of that time period influence the eventual shape of the Constitution? If these questions interest you, you won’t want to miss the upcoming class that…

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