America's Unwritten Constitution

Start Date: 01/17/2021

Course Type: Common Course

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An introduction to basic techniques of constitutional interpretation.

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Hello everyone and welcome to America’s Unwritten Constitution! This course is designed to teach you some of the basic tool and techniques for constitutional interpretation. Over the next 13 modules, Professor Akhil Amar will teach you how to go beyond the text of the U.S. Constitution, while still remaining faithful to it. Please, take some time to watch the two introductory videos and read through some of the course information below. Enjoy!

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Course Introduction

America's Unwritten Constitution: A History This course presents the history of the United States Constitution, through the years 1789, 1799, 1800, and 1805. It traces the origin of the Constitution, and its evolution. The course begins with a description of the political and religious views of George Washington, and ends with Thomas Jefferson's and James Madison's efforts to craft a constitution. A prologue to the Constitution provides an overview of the process of framing the U.S. Constitution. The next two centuries were filled with disputes, and the results of these disputes helped shape the structure of the Constitution. The course then explores the process by which political and religious power were fashioned, and ends with a description of the process by which religious and state power were created, and continues with Jefferson's and Madison's views on the role of religion in governing. The course then explores the process by which religious and state power were created, and Jefferson's and Madison's views on the role of religion in governing. A description of the process by which religious and state power were created, and Jefferson's and Madison's views on the role of religion in governing, concludes the course.America's First President, George Washington, and the Beginnings of Religious Liberty Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Jefferson and Madison in Conflict Jefferson and Madison's Views on the Role of Religion in Government Algorithms on Strings This is the second course in

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