“Do you think God likes Baseball?”

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I really liked the movie 42. I particularly liked the religious social justice themes advances by Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey as portrayed by Harrison Ford.This clip was one of my favorite moments:  … [Read more...]

If You Watch One Thing on Constitution Day, It Should Be This!

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What is Constitution of the United States all about?It is about how to make laws. Really, that is it. It is rules about how laws are made and who has the power to make what laws.Anyone that adds anything to that, is selling you something. DO NOT BUY IT.Many of you are familiar with this video. Is is just over 3 minutes in length. It is the best introduction to the United State Constitution one will ever find.Take a look!I love Schoolhouse Rock! I will be sharing this … [Read more...]

Constitution Week: Compromise and Constitution

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Author’s Note: This post is part of a series looking at resources for teaching children about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day (Sept. 17).Part 1 of this episode introduces us to the divisions and challenges facing the Constitutional Convention as it started.Part 2 looks at the compromises that actually led to a Constitution coming out of the Constitutional Convention.These compromises tell us a lot about the Constitution itself. These same compromises are behind many of the s … [Read more...]

Constitution Week: Rebellion and Division

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Author's Note: This post is part of a series looking at resources for teaching children about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day (Sept. 17).Episode #40 of Liberty's Kids picks up where we left off with the episode I shared yesterday about George Washington.In Part 1, we are introduced to Shay's Rebellion and some of the other issues which forces the 13 states into the meeting in convention in the summer of 1787.It also introduces some of the many issues that divided the … [Read more...]

Constitution Week: George Washington (Pt. 2)

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Be sure to see Pt. 1 first.This entire episode focuses on how the character and temperament of George Washington played a vital role in the peaceful transition to republican democracy after the Revolutionary War. While I think we can be quick to fall into hero worship of the founding figure, I do think that Washington played an import role both for what he did do (as General and by showing up at the Convention) and what he did not do (assume power after the War and stepping down after two … [Read more...]

Constitution Week: George Washington (Pt. 1)

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Author's Note: This post is part of a series looking at resources for teaching children about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day (Sept. 17).The cartoon series Liberty's Kids aired on PBS from 2002-2004. It is a historical fiction account of the events of the Revolutionary War and the early United States told through the eyes of Sarah (15), James (14), and Henri (8).Elements of such an approach can be cheesy. However, I think Liberty's Kids does a good job of developing some … [Read more...]

Turns Out Emerson Wrote Some “Very Stupid” “Trash”

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I love John Stuart Mill. However, it is probably a good thing he never read anything I ever wrote, because he was rather brutal and harsh.Historian Frank Prochaska has discovered Mill's comments of the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson in letters by from Mill and in Mill's notes on a copy Emerson's Essays.History Today reports the following:The words ‘fudge’, ‘nonsense’, ‘oh’, ‘pooh’, ‘sentimental’, ‘superficial’, ‘stupid’, ‘very stupid’, ‘trash’ are among the many pencille … [Read more...]


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