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Constitution Day 2015
Habeas Corpus: The Guantanamo Cases
 
One of our oldest human rights, habeas corpus safeguards individual freedom by preventing unlawful or arbitrary imprisonment. This video examines habeas corpus and the separation of powers in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks as the Supreme Court tried to strike a balance between the president’s duty to protect the nation and the protection of civil liberties when it ruled in four Guantanamo cases: Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (2004), Rumsfeld v. Bush (2004), Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), Boumediene v. Bush (2008). A lesson plan, Rights at Risk in Wartime, accompanies the video.

Magna Carta

This documentary explores Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in the history of democracy. A declaration of rights by English barons who demanded the monarchy recognize their rights in a written document and disseminate them to all freemen, Magna Carta was the inspiration and historical precedent for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.


 A Conversation on the Constitution: Miranda v. Arizona

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy speaks with students about the landmark Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona in which the justices ruled that criminal suspects, before they are interrogated, must be told of their constitutional protection against self-incrimination and their right to an attorney. The ruling led to the familiar Miranda warning that starts “You have the right to remain silent...”


Online Course on the Constitution

Sign up for "Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases," an eight-week course that starts with the creation of the Constitution and wraps up with modern issues and how the Constitution is applied to them. University of Pennsylvania law professor Kermit Roosevelt is the lecturer. The course launches on Sept. 21.
Teaching the Constitution brochure

Download the brochure, which organizes our resources in a way that makes it easy to find what you need to teach about the Constitution.
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