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The Bill of Rights

Congress added the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, in the years immediately after the United States became, well, the United States! James Madison wrote 17 amendments to the Constitution, including the amendments that... Continue Reading →

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Start a Constitutional Study Group!

Hello everyone, sorry for my long gap in blog posts, but I have a good reason. I just finished facilitating a Constitutional Study Group at my local library here in the Philly suburbs. The library director and I discussed how... Continue Reading →

How to Make an Amendment: Article V

Article 5 is all about amending (changing or adding to) the Constitution. It is fairly straightforward, so I will explain the process with another handy infographic. Like me, you may be surprised to learn that states can hold a convention... Continue Reading →

What is a Republic? Article IV

Article IV is all about states, their laws and how the federal government serves all states. Main Points: Full Faith and Credit is given to each state's laws and judicial proceedings. Citizens can travel freely between states, and fall under the rights... Continue Reading →

The Judiciary

Article 3 is all about the Judicial Branch, often forgotten until it suddenly plays a major role in enforcing or cancelling laws. One of the duties of the federal courts is to hear cases brought against laws and policies created... Continue Reading →

The Presidency

The basics of being President: REQUIREMENTS: You must be a natural-born citizen, at least 35 years old, and have resided at least 14 years in the U.S. A president can serve no more than two terms. ELECTION: See my blog... Continue Reading →

How Congress is Elected, Gerry-mandering

CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS I put together this handy infographic that covers the main rules for Congressional elections from the Constitution. I'm referencing Article 1, Sections 2 & 3. It also has a bit on gerrymandering, which I describe in more detail... Continue Reading →

It’s a free country! Freedom isn’t free.

Two popular sayings in the U.S. that I want to consider today: It's a free country I've heard this saying since I was in elementary school, most often used to defend someone's opinion. You like Pepsi instead of Coke? Well, it's a... Continue Reading →

How Congress Works, and the Partisan Divide

How Congress Works Congress is made up of two Houses, the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House of Representatives is the larger body, made up of representatives chosen in proportion to each state's population (currently 435 total). The... Continue Reading →

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