Constitution

Debating Slavery

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This video segment adapted from Africans in America explores the division among the state delegates to the Constitutional Convention about the issue of slavery. Although some states had already begun to abolish slavery, other states held that the right to own slaves should remain protected by the federal government. What resulted was a debate about the right to personal liberty and the right to own property, which for many included slaves.

A Case for the Separation of Powers

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In this video segment adapted from American Experience, historians examine how John Adams advocated for a separation of powers when he wrote the Massachusetts Constitution in 1779. Adams called for a strong executive branch, two legislative branches, and an independent judiciary branch. This state constitution became the model upon which the federal constitution was based.

The American Revolution and the young Republic, 1763 to 1816

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Charts the history of the United States between 1763 and 1816, detailing the major events that guided the nation's development during this time. Spotlights primary source documents from the period and the purpose for which they were written. Includes a glossary and bibliography.

The American Revolution and the young Republic, 1763 to 1816

The Colony of New Hampshire

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New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify the U.S. constitution--the deciding vote in accepting the laws our country still uses today. Though important, it's just one small part of this tiny state's colonial history. Readers will travel back in time through New Hampshire's early industry, its urban growth and development, and the key role it played in the American Revolutionary War. This text examines the French and Indian War, taxation dissent, and fight for independence as New Hampshire colonists may have experienced it.

The Colony of New Hampshire

George Washington

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America's History Maker. How did George Washington become our first president? This engrossing interactive eBook takes readers through the historical narrative of this amazing man's election. Students will learn about Washington's life from his childhood on a Virginia farm to being chosen as a representative at the First Continental Congress. Details of Washington's heroics in the Revolutionary War and his position as the country's first president, as well as illustrations and historical images, bring this portrait of a Founding Father to life.

George Washington

New York State Constitution

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This edition of the New York State Constitution is provided as a public service by the:

Department of State
Division of Administrative Rules
Albany, NY 12231-0001

The United States Constitution & Bill of Rights (2004)

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Learn the facts about the documents that make America great!

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High
The United States Constitution & Bill of Rights

The United States Constitution (2005)

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Standard Deviants School is an educational and entertaining, lesson-based learning supplement developed from the award-winning Standard Deviants teaching style. Written to meet state educational standards, each module is clearly organized by lesson topic and includes full classroom performance rights.

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Middle
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00:17
The United States Constitution

The Iroquois Constitution: A Primary Source Investigation of the Law of the Iroquois

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A discussion of the constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy and the influence of this constitution and its values on the political ideas of the United States.

The Iroquois Constitution: A Primary Source Investigation of the Law of the Iroquois

Creating the Federal Government (2001)

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How our country's founders forged the framework of our government comes to life in this engaging program. Students will learn about James Madison and Alexander Hamilton and their key roles in the creation of the Constitution.

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Elementary
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Creating the Federal Government

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