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Bill of Rights in Action, Fall 2022 (38:1) Login to Download PDF
The Bill of (Twelve) Rights: Contingency and the Constitution
Tlaxcalan: The Indigenous Democracy of Mexico
Bill of Rights in Action, Spring/Summer 2022 (37:3) Login to Download PDF
- The Global Refugee Crisis
- Supreme Court Highlights
- Federal Agencies and Public Policy
- Indonesia's Struggle for Democracy
Bill of Rights in Action, Winter 2022 (37:2) Login to Download PDF
- Yugoslavia: A Divided Land
- Mother Jones: ‘The Most Dangerous Woman in America’
- What Is Seditious Conspiracy?
Bill of Rights in Action, Fall 2021 (37:1) Login to Download PDF
- The Senate Filibuster: Abolish, Keep, or Reform?
- The Life and Poetry of Phillis Wheatley
- Buddhism in China
Bill of Rights in Action, Summer 2021 (36:4) Login to Download PDF
- Jury of Your Peers
- Pride Pioneer: Frank Kameny and the Early Gay Rights Movement
- Brazil and the Future of the Amazon
Bill of Rights in Action, Spring 2021 (36:3) Login to Download PDF
- Hannah Arendt and the ‘Banality of Evil'
- Unequal Treatment? The Constitution and Religious School Funding
- Should the Federal Government Guarantee a Basic Income for All?
Bill of Rights in Action, Winter 2021 (36:2) Login to Download PDF
- American Indian Sovereignty
- Police Reform After the Death of George Floyd
- The Last Nuclear Treaty
Bill of Rights in Action, Fall 2020 (36:1) Login to Download PDF
- Turning Points in Presidential Campaign Advertising
- Workplace Equality for LGBT People: Bostock v. Clayton County
- Heian Japan and The Tale of Genji
Bill of Rights in Action, Summer, 2020 (35:4) Login to Download PDF
- The Election 1980
- South Africa: Confronting the Country's Apartheid Past
- Leave or Remain: Brexit in the UK
Bill of Rights in Action, Spring, 2020 , (35:3) Download PDF
- Impeachment and the Case of Andrew Johnson
- The Kurds: Straddling the Map of the Middle East
- 'Every Man a King': Huey Long's Troubled Populism
- Haiti’s Slave Revolt and War for Independence
- Remembering John Brown
- What is Treason? The Aaron Burr Case
Bill of Rights in Action, Fall, 2019 (35:1) Login to Download PDF
- The Census in U.S. History (Supplemental Webcast on the Census in U.S. History.)
- Anne Hutchinson: Midwife of Religious Freedom
- 270 Votes to Win: The Electoral College in the United States
Democratic Struggles, Summer, 2019 (34:4) Login to Download PDF
- The Arab Spring and the Challenge of Nation-Building
- Purged From the Voter Rolls: Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute
- Suppressing the Vote
Beneath the Surface, Spring 2019 (34:3) Login to Download PDF
- Ida Tarbell and the Muckrakers
- The Anglo-Zulu War and British Imperialism
- Will the Mueller Probe End With a Constitutional Crisis?
Law and Protection, Winter 2019 (34:2) Login to Download PDF
- Journalism Under Siege
- The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
- Islamic Science in the Middle Ages
Science Matters, Fall 2018 (34:1) Login to Download PDF
- Who Was Hypatia of Alexandria?
- Cotton Mather and Boston’s Smallpox Inoculation Fight
- Global Warming and the Paris Agreement
Uncertain Times, Summer 2018 (33:4) Login to Download PDF
- Guns and School Safety: What Is the Best Way Forward?
- Automation and the American Worker
- The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Facing Challenges, Spring 2018 (33:3) Login to Download PDF
- Ida B. Wells and Her Crusade for Racial Justice
- The Revolutions of 1848
- The Iran Nuclear Deal and Its Critics
Flashpoints, Winter 2018 (33:2) Download PDF
- What Should the U.S. Do About North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons?
- The Great Sioux War: Land, Gold, and a Broken Treaty
- The Dispute Over the South China Sea
Democracy in the Balance, Fall2017 (33:1) Login to Download PDF
- How Democratic Was Athens?
- The Northwest Ordinance and Westward Expansion
- Is Democracy in Trouble?
Challenging Ideas, Summer 2017 (32:4) Login to Download PDF
- Martin Luther King and the Philosophy of Nonviolence
- Vietnam Today
- Free Speech on Campus: Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, and Controversial Speech at U.S. Colleges
Economic Crisis, Spring 2017 (32:3) Login to Download PDF
- The Great Recession: What Were the Causes?
- The Marquis de Lafayette: A Noble Revolutionary
- What Caused the Great Depression and Why Did Recovery Take So Long?
Religion and Society, Winter 2017 (32:2) Login to Download PDF
- Religion, Political Power, and the Thirty Years’ War
- The Second Great Awakening and Reform in the 19th Century
- Prayer at Government Meetings and the First Amendment
- The Troubled Elections of 1796 and 1800.
- Cyrus the Great and the Creation of the Persian Empire
- Free Trade, Globalization, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Putin’s Illiberal Democracy
- Harry Truman and the Election of 1948
- Elections, Money, and the First Amendment
- The Election of 1912
- The Great Rivalry: Disraeli vs. Gladstone
- Edward Snowden, the NSA, and Mass Surveillance
Critical Concerns, Winter 2016 (31:2) Login to Download PDF
- Police Body Cameras and the Use of Force
- Abolitionists and the Constitution
- Tolerance: Voltaire and the Spirit of the Enlightenment
Breaking New Grounds, Fall 2015 (31:1) Login to Download PDF
- James Madison and the Bill of Rights
- Hatshepsut: How a Woman Took the Throne
The 1960s, Summer 2015 (30:4) Login to Download PDF
- The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the U.S. Supreme Court
- Cuba at the Crossroads
- Mao Zedong and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
The Law, Spring 2015 (30:3) Login to Download PDF
- Saved From the Gallows — The Trial of Leopold and Loeb
- The Great Qing Code: Law and Order During China’s Last Dynasty
- The Free Exercise of Religion in America
Leadership, Winter 2014 (30:2) Login to Download PDF
- 'Go Boldly!': Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years War
- Sam Houston: A Study in Leadership
- Margaret Thatcher and Conservative Politics in England
War & Policy, Fall 2014 (30:1) Login to Download PDF
- A Fire Waiting to be Lit: The Origins of World War I (Click here for the enhanced version of this article.)
- The War of 1812: America's First Declared War
- The War in Afghanistan: What Should America’s Policy Be?
War and the Military, Summer 2014 (29:4) Login to Download PDF
- The Chinese Civil War: Why Did the Communists Win?
- The Cold War: How Did It Start? How Did It End?
- Women in the Military
Conflicts, Spring 2014 (29:3) Login to Download PDF
- The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
- Sudan, Imperialism, and the Mahdi’s Holy War
- Are Bible Readings Ever Allowed in Public Schools?
Making a Difference, Winter 2014 (29:2) Login to Download PDF
- Queen Elizabeth I: Religion and the State
- Harriet Tubman and the End of Slavery
- Affirmative Action in American Colleges After Fisher v. Texas
The Governance, Fall 2013 (29:1) Login to Download PDF
- Puritan Massachusetts: Theocracy or Democracy?
- Who Was the Real Cleopatra?
- How the First State Constitutions Helped Build the U.S. Constitution
The Environment, Summer 2013 (28:4) Login to Download PDF
- Conservation, Preservation, and the National Parks
- Rachel Carson and the Modern Environmental Movement
Industrialization and Labor, Spring 2013 (28:3) Login to Download PDF
- The Industrial Revolution
- The Pullman Strike and Boycott
- American Labor Unions: Yesterday and Today
Origins, Winter 2012 (28:2) Login to Download PDF
- Hamilton, Jefferson, and Their Fight for the Future of America
- Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire
- The Electoral College
Health-Care Reform, Fall 2012 (28:1) Login to Download PDF
- The Continuing Struggle for U.S. Health-Care Reform
- The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on the Affordable Care Act
- Health Care: What Do Other Countries Do?
Facing Crisis, Summer 2012 (27:4) Login to Download PDF
- FDR and the Banks
- Munich and “Appeasement”
- Unemployment and the Future of Jobs in America
A New Order, Spring 2012 (27:3) Login to Download PDF
- Simon Bolivar: Thinker, Liberator, Reformer
- J.P. Morgan, the Panic of 1907, and the Federal Reserve Act
- Juan Peron: Dictator or Champion of Social Justice?
Law, Winter 2011 (27:2) Login to Download PDF
- Canon Law: Medieval Europe’s Legal System
- Oliver Cromwell: The Lord Protector
- Calhoun and Webster: Two Visions of the Federal Union
Revolutionary Thinkers, Fall 2011 (27:1) Login to Download PDF
- Thomas Paine: America’s Most Radical Revolutionary
- Sir William Blackstone and the Common Law
- St. Augustine and the Role of Religion in the State
Communism, Summer 2011 (26:4) Login to Download PDF
- Lenin and the Russian Revolution
- The Cuban Missile Crisis
- North Korea: The Rogue Nation
Economic Crises, Spring 2011 (26:3) Login to Download PDF
- The WPA: Putting the Nation to Work in the Great Depression
- A Guide to the Federal Budget Deficit and National Debt
- Tulipmania and Economic Bubbles
Population Perils Winter 2010 (26:2) Login to Download PDF
- The "Black Death": A Catastrophe in Medieval Europe
- The Potato Famine and Irish Immigration to America
- The Debate OverWorld Population: Was Malthus Right?
Tyranny Fall 2010 (26:1) Login to Download PDF
- The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
- Plato and Aristotle on Tyranny
- Nigeria: After 50 Years, Still Struggling to Be a Democracy
Reaction and Reform Summer 2010 (25:4) Login to Download PDF
- The Watergate Scandal
- Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism
- Land, Liberty, and the Mexican Revolution
Revolution and Change Spring 2010 (25:3) Login to Download PDF
- England's Glorious Revolution
- John Maynard Keynes and the Revolution in Economic Thought
- William Jennings Bryan, the "Great Commoner"
Building Democracy Fall 2009 (25:2) Login to Download PDF
- The Major Debates at the Constitutional Convention
- King and Parliament in Medieval England
- Every New Generation
Environmental Issues Summer 2009 (25:1) Login to Download PDF
- Are We Headed for a "Sixth Mass Extinction"?
- The Columbian Exchange
- What Caused Egypt's Old Kingdom to Collapse?
Reform and Change Spring 2009 (24:4) Login to Download PDF
- The Teapot Dome Scandal
- Woodrow Wilson's Quest to Change the World
- John Stuart Mill and Individual Liberty
Communication of Ideas Winter 2009 (24:3) Login to Download PDF
Herodotus and Thucydides: Inventing History
Gutenberg and the Printing Revolution in Europe
Henry Clay: Compromise and Union
Politics Fall 2008 (24:2) Login to Download PDF
- How Political Parties Began
- Making It Easier to Vote vs. Guarding Against Election Fraud
- The Development of Confucianism in Ancient China
Reform Spring 2008 (24:1) Login to Download PDF
- Communism, Capitalism, and Democracy in China
- Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
- John Dewey and the Reconstruction of American Democracy
Intellectual Property Winter 2008 (23:4) Login to Download PDF
- The Origins of Patent and Copyrights Law
- Digital Piracy
- Patenting Life
- The Cheating Problem
Justice Fall 2007 (23:3) Login to Download PDF
- The Whiskey Rebellion and the New American Republic
- Cicero: Defender of the Roman Republic
- "Justice and Fairness": John Rawls and His Theory of Justice
Rights Reconsidered Summer 2007 (23:2) Login to Download PDF
- Sacco and Vanzetti (Download a pdf of Sacco and Vanzetti)
- Edmund Burke
- Mendez v. Westminster
Free Markets and Antitrust Law Spring 2007 (23:1) Login to Download PDF
- Adam Smith and The Wealth of Nations
- Progressives and the Era of Trustbusting
- Media Mergers and the Public Interest
Making a Just Society Winter 2006 (22:4) Login to Download PDF
- Stem-Cell Research: The Promise and the Pitfalls
- Slavery, Civil War, and Democracy: What Did Lincoln Believe?
- St. Thomas Aquinas, Natural Law, and the Common Good.
The Rule of Law in Dangerous Times Fall 2006 (22:3) Login to Download PDF
- Solon Put Athens on the Road to Democracy
- John Peter Zenger and the Freedom of the Press
- The National Security Agency's Warrantless Wiretaps.
The Establishment of Religion Spring 2006 (22:2) Login to Download PDF
- The Scopes Trial
- More Monkey Trials
- Turkey: An Evolving Democracy in the Middle East
Standards for the Time Winter 2005 (22:1) Login to Download PDF
- The Transcendentalists in Action
- Petrarch, the Father of Humanism
- Is Torture Ever Justified?
Centralized vs. Decentralized Rule Fall 2005 (21:4) Login to Download PDF
- The Legacy of Alexander the Great
- The Articles of Confederation
- The European Union: Toward a "United States of Europe"?
Economics and Democracy Summer 2005 (21:3) Login to Download PDF
- Dust Bowl Exodus
- The German Weimar Republic
- Outsourcing Jobs to Other Countries
American Interventions Spring 2005 (21:2) Login to Download PDF
- Is Iraq on the Way to Democracy?
- Teddy Roosevelt and the Panama Canal
- The Boxer Rebellion in China
Executive Power Winter 2004 (21:1) Login to Download PDF
- Machiavelli and The Prince
- Detaining U.S. Citizens as Enemy Combatants
- Jackson and Indian Removal
Religion and Society Fall 2004 (20:4) Login to Download PDF
- Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening in Colonial America
- Islam Divided: The Shiites and Sunnis
- Should We Take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?
Nation-Building Summer 2004 (20:3) Login to Download PDF
- The Marshall Plan for Rebuilding Europe
- Different Visions for Vietnam
- U.S. Involvement in Nation-Building Before Iraq
Developments in Democracy Spring 2004 (20:2) Login to Download PDF
- How Women Won the Right to Vote
- Have Women Achieved Equality?
- Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau on Government
Culture in Conflict Winter 2004 (20:1) Login to Download PDF
- President Polk and the Taking of the West
- Muslim Conquests in Europe
- The Rise of Islamist Terrorist Groups
National Security and Freedom Fall 2003 (19:4) Login to Download PDF
- The Patriot Act: What is the Proper Balance Between National Security and Individual Rights?
- The Alien and Sedition Acts: Defining American Freedom
- Plato and The Republic
Controversies Summer 2003 (19:3) Login to Download PDF
- Three Visions for African Americans
- "Forgotten Genocide": The Destruction of the Armenians During World War I
- The Bush Doctrine
Ideas Spring 2003 (19:2) Login to Download PDF
- Karl Marx: A Failed Vision of History
- Social Darwinism and American Laissez-faire Capitalism
- Copying Music and Movies from the Internet: "Digital Piracy" and "Fair Use"
Eastern Europe Winter 2002 (19:1)
- Life Under Communism in Eastern Europe
- Emerging Democracies in Eastern Europe and Russia: How Are They Doing?
- Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe
The Environment Fall 2002 (18:4)
- Environmental Disasters in the Cradles of Civilization
- Global Warming: What Should We Do About It?
- Climate Change and Violence in the Ancient American Southwest
Victims of War Summer 2002 (18:3)
- Wartime and the Bill of Rights: The Korematsu Case
- The "Rape of Nanking"
- Compensating the Victims of War
Imperialism Spring 2002 (18:2)
- The Great Rebellion of 1857 in India
- Oil and National Security
- The Debate Over Hawaii and an American Overseas Empire
Africa Winter 2001 (18:1)
The United States and the Barbary Pirates
AIDS in Africa
Ibn Battuta: The Greatest Traveler in the Middle Ages
Law of Empires Fall 2001 (17:4)
Clash of Empires: The Fight for North America
When Roman Law Ruled the Western World
Puerto Rico: Commonwealth, Statehood, or Independence?
Military Authority Summer 2001 (17:3)
- The French Army Mutinies of World War I
- Truman, MacArthur, and the Korean War
- The Military Confronts the Harassment of Women and Gays
Labor Spring 2001 (17:2)
- One Big Union--One Big Strike: The Story of the Wobblies
- Marching with "General Ludd": Machine Breaking in the Industrial Revolution
- Globalization and Worker Rights
Religious Tolerance Winter 2000 (17:1)
- Should Students Have The Right to Lead Prayers at Pubic School Events?
- The Persecution of the Mormons
- Luther Sparks the Protestant Reformation
Innovations in Law Fall 2000 (16:4)
- The Hebrews and the Foundations of Western Law
- The Declaration of Independence and Natural Rights
- Animal Rights
Civil Disobedience Summer 2000 (16:3)
- The Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Civil Disobedience on Campus
- Bringing Down an Empire: Ghandi and Civil Disobedience
- The Rescue Movement: Pushing the Limits of Free Speech
Wealth and Power Spring 2000 (16:2)
- King Leopold's "Heart of Darkness"
- Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Monopoly
- United States v. Microsoft
Matters of Principle Winter 1999 (16:1)
- John Adams and the Boston Massacre
- The Murder of an Archbishop
- Should We Have the Right to Die?
Clash of Cultures and Law Fall 1999 (15:4)
- Young People and the Internet: Issues of Censorship and Free Expression
- The Law of Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China
- Laws of the Indies: Spain and the Native Peoples of the New World
Rules of War Summer 1999 (15:3)
- Firestorms: The Bombing of Civilians in World War II
- Choices: Truman, Hirohito, and the Atomic Bomb
- New Threat to Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Codes Spring 1999 (15:2)
- The Code Napoleon
- The Death Penalty and Human Rights: Is the U.S. Out of Step?
- The Southern "Black Codes" of 1865-66
Islamic Issues Winter 1998 (15:1)
- The Origins of Islamic Law
- The U.S. and Iran: Time for a New Beginning?
- Blasphemy! Salman Rushdie and Freedom of Expression
- Blood and Tribute: The Rise and Fall of the Aztec Empire
- The Edicts of Asoka
- Africa's "Second Independence" and U.S. Policy
- How Welfare Began in the United States
- Welfare to Work: The States Take Charge
- "The Swedish Model": Welfare for Everyone
- An Issue of Consent
- Voters and Judges
- An Independent Judiciary
- The Kennewick Controversies
- Witch Hunt
- The Battle Over Proposition 187
- Separating Church and State
- Religious Tolerance and Persecution in the Roman Empire
- Should Government Aid Students Attending Parochial Schools?
- The Riddle of the Romanovs
- DNA, Lie Detector, and Voiceprint Evidence: Does It Belong in the Courtroom?
- How Reliable Are Eyewitnesses?
- The Battle over the National Endowment of the Arts
- The Suppression of Art in Nazi Germany
- Music on Trial: Rock, Rap, and Responsibility
- Political Scandals, Scoundrels, and Schemer: Are the Media Focusing on the Wrong Things?
- Issues in Campaign '96
- TV Attack Ads and the Voter
- Equal Opportunity in the Military
- Including the Disabled Student
- Helen Keller
- Gay Rights and the Constitution
- The United Nations: Fifty Years of Keeping the Peace
- The Future of NATO
- Do We Need a Permanent International Criminal Court?
- South Africa: Revolution at the Ballot Box
- Race and Voting in the Segregated South
- Race and Representation
- Black Troops in Union Blue
- The Adarand Case: Affirmative Action and Equal Protection
- The Mandinko of the Gambia
- The Aftermath of Terror (Oklahoma City Bombing)
- Terrorism: How Have Other Countries Handled It? How Should We?
- Conspiracy Theories: Attacks on Jefferson Set the Pattern
- Talk Radio: Playground for Free Speech or a Forum for Hate?
- The Balanced Budget Amendment
- The Income Tax Amendment: Most Thought It Was A Great Idea in 1913
- Term-Limits Debate: Professional Politician or Citizen Legislator?
- "Beyond the Seas": The Transportation of Criminals to Australia
- What Should We Do About Crime?
- Juvenile Justice: What Should We Do With Children Who Break the Law?
- Is a Fair Trial Possible in the Age of Mass Media?
- The Dreyfus Affair and the Press
- Sex, Crime, and Jazz-Age Journalism
- FDR Tries to "Pack" the Supreme Court
- Should Nations Have the Right to Kidnap Criminal Suspects?
- Update on the Supreme Court (Abortion Protester's, Religious Schools, and Jury Selection)
- Should Hate be Outlawed?
- "At the Hands of Persons Unknown": Lynching in America
- German Skinheads: Are the Nazis Making a Comeback?
- U.S. Immigration Policy and Hitler's Holocaust
- Haiti and the Boat People
- Seeking Asylum in the United States
- Free Press vs. Fair Trial: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Case
- Singapore: Model Society or City of Fear?
- Religious Rights in Conflict
- "Let us Reason Together"--Lyndon Johnson, Master Legislator
- The European Community: Cooperating Nations or Unified Superstate?
- A Different Voice: Women in the Congress
- Policing the Police
- Ruling in the Name of the Emperor: How Japan Became a World Power
- A Hero Betrayed: The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant.
The Inquisition: Looking Into the Human Soul
- "We Came to Free the Slaves": John Brown on Trial
- Does the Criminal Justice System Discriminate Against African-Americans?
The Election of 1824-25: When the House Chose the President
- Democracy and Dictatorship in Ancient Rome
- Why Don't People Vote?
Educating European Immigrant Children Before World War I
- The Debate Over School Choice
- Teaching to the Test in Japan
Trends and Issues of the Bill of Rights Fall/Winter 1991 (8:1)
- The New Supreme Court: Decisions to Come
- Who Voted in Early America
- On The Road to Revolution with Boris Yeltsin
- The Tax Farmer of Mari
The 14th Amendment Spring 1991 (7:4)
The Stalin Purges and "Show Trials"
The 14th Amendment and the "Second Bill of Rights"
Education and the 14th Amendment