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Excerpts from the Lawes Divine, Morall, and Martiall (1611),

Sir Thomas Gates and Sir Thomas Dale

Written in 1611, this document outlines some of the original laws governing the Jamestown colony. These laws were intended to govern all aspects of the colony, from theft to blasphemy. As maintaining prisons was often impractical, there was usually a…

How the founders differed from the English Bill of Rights,

iCitizenProject

Michael Barone is a journalist, political analyst, and senior writer for U.S. News & World Report. He also serves as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. In this video, he discusses how the U.S. founders' ideologies differed from…

English Bill of Rights 1689,

English Parliament

The English Bill of Rights, written in 1689, helped shape the foundations of American democracy. The English House of Lords and House of Commons issued this document to express their outrage at King James II of Scotland for trying to "subvert and…

Impartial Judiciary, Speech by Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr.: Video,

Judiciary NOW

In a speech before the American Law Institute, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts, Jr. discusses the importance of an impartial judiciary. An impartial judiciary is both independent from other branches of government and unswayed by…

Panel Discusses Judiciary, Judges and Judicial Independence: Video,

Judiciary NOW

This panel discussion at Georgetown Law School highlights the importance of an independent judicial branch. The U.S. constitution legislated a judicial branch that was free from influence by the executive branch and the legislative branch of…

Naturalization Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery Video,

Judiciary NOW

This government video shows what happens at a naturalization ceremony by interviewing public officials, new citizens, and their family and friends. The ceremony portrayed in this video is unsual in some ways, because it took place in historic of…

Is The Internet a Viable Threat to Representative Democracy?,

David M. Thompson

In this article, lawyer David M. Thompson examines the impact of the internet on the voting process. He analyzes the principles behind the Greek definition of "representative democracy" in light of new technology. In arguments ranging from an…

The Gerry-Mander,

Elkanah Tisdale

In 1812, Jeffersonian Republicans forced through the Massachusetts legislature a bill rearranging district lines to assure them an advantage in the upcoming senatorial elections. Although Governor Elbridge Gerry had only reluctantly signed the law, a…

Voter Turnout, 1948-2004,

American National Election Studies

The above graph of voter turnout from 1948 to 2004 shows interesting an interesting, up-and-down trend, which raises important questions. How does voter turnout correspond to presidential versus non-presidential elections? Are some elections more…