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January 2017

Documents in Detail Webinar: Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Wed, Jan 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural is both an apology and a plea for forgiveness after full admission of national guilt for the institution of slavery. Building on these sentiments, Lincoln also appealed to northerners and southerners to reconcile when the conflict ended, urging forgiveness on the part of both victors and defeated, and a willingness on the part all Americans to abide by God’s justice as made manifest by the war’s outcome. After delivering this address, Lincoln saw Frederick Douglass in a…

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February 2017

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: Tinker v. Des Moines

Sat, Feb 4, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

To what extent did students have a right to expressive speech while in school? This issue was at the root of Tinker, in which a group of students chose to protest the war in Vietnam by wearing armbands. Considered inappropriate by school officials, the students were disciplined, motivating their parents to sue. The court eventually determined that the school had violated the students’ constitutional rights, asserting that “...students do not abandon their civil rights at the schoolhouse door.” This case…

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Documents in Detail Webinar: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham City Jail

Wed, Feb 15, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Written while jailed in 1963, King's open letter to fellow clergymen is often overshadowed by his "I Have a Dream" speech. King's letter makes a powerful argument for non-violent resistance - even to the point of breaking existing laws - against immoral laws, and in it he encouraged others to understand his actions and those of his supporters, and to join in their work for racial equality, despite the fact that many African-American clergymen were against the tactics employed by…

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March 2017

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: Roe v. Wade

Sat, Mar 11, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Among the most controversial, and also least-understood, of Landmark Cases, Roe resulted in the USSC ruling as unconstitutional state laws that placed limits on abortions except for cases in which the life of the mother was in danger. The case itself, however, was rooted in questions over the meaning and extent of 4th Amendment rights to privacy, as well as rights addressed in the 1st, 9th, and 14th amendments. Although Roe v. Wade had a clear legal effect on the country,…

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Documents in Detail Webinar: James Madison – Federalist No. 10

Wed, Mar 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Federalist 10 is part of a remarkable public discussion, spawned by the ratification debates, between Federalists and Antifederalists on the nature of republican government. Many Antifederalists believed that the Constitution would lead to a large, consolidated nation and abolish the republican governments in the states, which in turn would lead to violations of the rights of citizens. Madison turned that argument on its head by pointing out that in republican governments, in which the majority must rule, an all-powerful majority…

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April 2017

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: University of CA Regents v. Bakke

Sat, Apr 8, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

In the wake of the Civil Rights movements of the 1950s and 60s, universities tried to address disparities in enrollment by race and ethnicity through various methods, including explicit quotas. Addressing the means by a diverse student body could be achieved, the court determined that quotas were not permissible, and that the rights of a white student had been violated by the University of California-Davis School of Medicine’s admissions policy. The decision did offer some guidance, however, on constitutionally acceptable…

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Documents in Detail Webinar: Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Address Delivered at Seneca Falls

Wed, Apr 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Stanton's Address at the Seneca Falls Convention marks one of the seminal moments in the women's suffrage movement, framing the rights of women in historical, religious, moral, and practical terms, and in so doing making a strong case for a change from the then status quo. She recognized the importance of the vote as the first key to formal participation in the American political experiment of self-government, and made a strong case for political equality between the sexes in her…

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May 2017

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Webinars: New Jersey v. T.L.O.

Sat, May 13, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Although there have been many important cases related to search and seizure rights and laws, this is the most prominent of them to take place in a school, and to address how these rights are applied to students in a school setting. Did students have the same 4th Amendment protections as adults in public? How were school officials empowered or restrained in their conduct regarding student privacy and their responsibility for promoting a safe and harmonious school environment? In a…

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Documents in Detail Webinar: George Washington’s Farewell Address

Wed, May 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

George Washington dedicated most of his adult life — as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, as President of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and as the first President of the United States — to public service for the preservation of liberty, independence, republican government, and the Union. In what was then one of the rarest and most remarkable acts of human history, Washington voluntarily gave up the power with which the people had entrusted him not once, but twice, earning him…

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