After a fairly lengthy hiatus, our series on Constitutional Amendments is back! While the Third Amendment may seem irrelevant to the 21st century, join us as we discuss how it could potentially be used in the future. We also cover different ways to interpret the Constitution.
Hilary and Geoff are back to discuss the Second Amendment (that’s the one about guns). Join us as we trace the antecedents to the Second Amendment. How did English common law and the 1689 Bill of Rights influence its conceptualization? How formative were the state constitutions of 1776/77? How have major Supreme Court decisions influenced out own views? We even discuss a major historical work first celebrated then vilified for its take on America’s gun culture.
This week Hilary and Geoff start a new series of episodes devoted to the Bill of Rights. We’re starting at the beginning and doing a deep dive into the First Amendment. Along the way we’ll discuss Prince John and the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, John Locke, the Glorious Revolution, and even the Virginia Declaration of Rights issued a month before the Declaration of Independence!