Lectures on the Bill of Rights

The following videos were recorded at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, where Gordon Lloyd spoke with a group of teachers about the creation of the Bill of Rights. Each lecture is under an hour, and focuses on a particular phase of the document’s origins or creation, or a specific aspect of its meaning. You can also subscribe to the audio for each of these sessions through iTunes by clicking here.

Session 1: The English and Colonial Origins of the Bill of Rights

Session 2: State Origins of the Bill of Rights

Session 3: The Constitution is a Bill of Rights

Session 4: Constitutional Ratification

Session 5: The First Congress and the Bill of Rights

Session 6: James Madison, Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights



Introductions, the documentary history of each amendment, and major themes about the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

From Political Liberty to Social Freedom

Using artwork, see how the idea of rights has changed throughout American history.

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Documentary Origins and Politics of the Bill of Rights

Interactive chart showing the origins of each of the rights in the Bill of Rights.

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