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What Are the Origins and Interpretations of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms?

This lesson explores the origins of the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights as it was included to reflect the concerns of many citizens in a number of states.

Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)

This lesson containing Supreme Court case background and primary source documents asks students to evaluate the extent to which the First Amendment should protect symbolic speech.

What is Incorporation?

This lesson explores the significance of the 14th amendment and incorporation, including its effects on our constitutional structure.

The Responsibilities of Frederick Douglass

An in-depth look at responsibility through the life of Frederick Douglass. Responsibility is defined as striving to know and to do what is best rather than what is most popular.

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