“Did the Founders Misunderstand Democracy?” Webinar Reflection

Our second webinar of the season occurred last Saturday with over 50 participants! We hope…

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Don't forget to register for our next web discussion this Saturday, September 27th at 11:00…

Why Jane Addams Founded Hull House

On this day in 1889, Hull House opened in an immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s near-west…

For Constitution Day: Madison’s Notes of a Convention Conducted in Secrecy

When the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in the summer of 1787 to deliberate…

William Penn’s Idea of Liberty of Conscience

In an earlier blog (September 4, 2014) we noted that William Penn, while acceding to…

Running for Reelection, Lincoln Drafts Explanation of his War Policy

Two months before the presidential election in 1864, the reelection of President Lincoln still seemed…

William Penn Introduces Popular Sovereignty, and Pennsylvanians Ask for More

When William Penn was given a large tract of land in North America from the…

An Early Law for Religious Toleration

Provisions for religious toleration began to enter the laws of the American colonies as early as…