Hillsdale College Constitution Reader - WmLambert - 10-01-2009
I recently received a pocket edition Declaration of Independence and Constitution from Hillsdale College.
In the back is an index of their Polysci 101 Course. I've tried to link to the best url address for each document.
POLITICAL SCIENCE 101
The U.S. Constitution
The mission of Hillsdale College, as set forth in its original Articles of Association, is to provide "sound learning" of the sort needed to perpetuate the blessings of "civil and religious liberty and intelligent piety." In keeping with this mission, Hillsdale is one of very few colleges and universities outside America's service academies where all students, regardless of major, take a course on the U.S. Constitution as part of their core requirements.
In addition to a careful and detailed examination of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other primary source documents of the founding era, the course covers the great challenge to constitutionalism in the secession crisis of the 1850s, which culminated in the Civil War, as well as the departures from constitutional principles and practices during the Progressive Movement and by that movement's modern heirs.
Students in the course will develop an appreciation of the Founders' understanding of human nature, the rule of law, the separation of powers, federalism, justice, and property rights. They will learn to distinguish liberty from license and legitimate from tyrannical government, and to recognize the connection between rights and duties.
In short, the course aims to teach students the conditions of liberty, the extent to which and manner in which those conditions have been undermined, and how they might be recovered and preserved.
The Hillsdale Constitution Reader
Table of Contents
I. National Rights and the American Revolution.
- James Otis, "Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved"
- Daniel Dulany, "Considerations on the Propriety of Imposing Taxes in the British Colonies, for the Purpose of raising a Revenue, by Act of Parliament"
- Thomas Jefferson, "Summary View of the Rights of British America"
- Thomas Paine, "Common Sense" (Excerpt)
- Declaration of Independence
- Thomas Aquinas, "Treatise on Law" Query 94:2
- Thomas Jefferson, "Letter to Henry Lee, May 8, 1825"
II. The Founders on Religion, Morality and Property
- Virginia Declaration of Rights
- Fast Day Proclamation of the Continental Congress, December 11,1776
- Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
- Northwest Ordinance (excerpt)
- James Madison, "Memorial and Remonstrance"
- George Washington, Letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport, August 1790
- George Washington, Farewell Address
- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, January 1, 1802
- James Madison, "On Property"
III. Government under the Articles of Confederation: The Problem of Legislative/Majority Tyranny
- Articles of Confederation
- George Washington, Circular Letter to the States, June 8,1783
- George Washington, Letter to John Jay, August 15,1786
- George Washington, Letter to James Madison, March 31, 1787
- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, "Constitution"
- James Madison, "Vices of the Political System of the United States"
IV. Rethinking the Nature of Union and the Structure of Government
V. The Three Branches of Government
VI. The Founders on Slavery, the Rise of thePositive Good School, and the Roots of the Secession Crisis
- Thomas Jefferson, Draft of the Declaration of Independence (excerpt)
- Northwest Ordinance (excerpt Article the Sixth)
- Washington, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton, and Madison on Slavery (excerpts)
- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, "Manners" (excerpt)
- Letter from Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, March 14, 1779 (excerpt)
- Federalist 54 (excerpt)
- Letter from John Jay to the English Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves, June 1788
- Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Henri Gregoire, February 25, 1809
- John C. Calhoun, "Slavery is a Positive Good"
- John C. Calhoun, Speech on the Oregon Bill (excerpt)
- Alexander Stephens, "Cornerstone Speech"
- Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Holmes, April 22, 1820
- Missouri Compromise (excerpt)
- Wilmot Proviso
- Daniel Webster, Senate Speech on the Compromise of 1850 (excerpt)
VII. Crisis of Constitutional Government
VIII. Secession and Civil War
IX. The Progressive Rejection of the Founding
- John Dewey, Liberalism 6- Social Action, part 1
- Frank Goodnow, "The American Conception of Liberty"
- Woodrow Wilson, "What is Progress?"
- Woodrow Wilson, "Socialism and Democracy"
- Woodrow Wilson, Constitutional Government, ch. 3
- Theodore Roosevelt, Autobiography, ch. 10
- Woodrow Wilson, "The Study of Administration"
- Woodrow Wilson, Constitutional Government, ch. 8 (excerpts)
- Theodore Roosevelt, "The Rights of the People to Rule"
- Herbert Croly, Progressive Democracy (excerpts)
X. Institutionalizing Progressivism: The New Deal, the Great Society, and Beyond
- Franklin Roosevelt, Commonwealth Club Address, 1932
- Franklin Roosevelt, Acceptance Speech, 1936
- Franklin Roosevelt, Annual Message to Congress, 1944
- John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at Yale, 1962
- Lyndon B. Johnson, Remarks at the University of Michigan, 1964
- Lyndon B. Johnson, Commencement Address at Howard University, 1965
- Ronald Reagan, "A Time for Choosing," 1964
- Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896
- Brown v. Board of Education, 1954 (excerpt)
- Grutter v. Bollinger, 2003 (excerpts)
- Roe v. Wade, 1973 (excerpt)
- Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992 (excerpt)
- John L - 10-02-2009
If I had children growing up, I would send them to Hillsdale. The general knowledge base is superb. I wonder if there are other colleges, in the US, which are like Hillsdale?
The only thing missing is a good representation of the "AntiFederalist" papers.
- WmLambert - 10-02-2009
Federal Farmer I & II are Anti-federalist papers.
Here is the entire chronology of the Federalist and Anti-federalist papers.
- WmLambert - 10-02-2009
The main problem I am encountering with the best url addresses for the Hillsdale course is trying to figure out how to present the excerpt targeted. The only thing I've been able to do so far is to present the entire presentation and not just the excerpt.
I will give credit to the viewer to screen the entire article to decide what portion is relevant to the section. It can't help but broaden the viewer's appreciation of the message.
RE: Hillsdale College Constitution Reader - WmLambert - 02-26-2013
The newest free online course from Hillsdale is starting.