Today we will be talking with Andrew Ferguson, Associate Professor of Law at UDC-David A. Clarke School of Law about the importance of jury duty. The jury once existed at the core of American constitutional identity. We discuss why this has changed and how we can reclaim the civic and constitutional identity of jury duty today.
Today we will be talking with Eric Segall, the Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, about the relationship between greater access to the Court, its records and proceedings, and public understanding of the Court and its history. We’d like to note that ConSource takes no position with respect to cameras in the courtroom or greater Supreme Court transparency. We are simply hosting a conversation about this timely issue as it relates to preserving historical records and facilitating civic education.
Robert Tsai's gripping history of alternative constitutions invites readers into the circle of those who have rejected this ringing assertion--the defiant groups that refused to accept the Constitution's definition of who "the people" are and how their authority should be exercised.
America's Forgotten Constitutions is the story of America as told by dissenters: squatters, Native Americans, abolitionists, socialists, internationalists, and racial nationalists. Beginning in the nineteenth century, Tsai chronicles eight episodes in which discontented citizens took the extraordinary step of drafting a new constitution. He examines the alternative Americas envisioned by John Brown (who dreamed of a republic purged of slavery), Robert Barnwell Rhett (the Confederate "father of secession"), and Etienne Cabet (a French socialist who founded a utopian society in Illinois). Other dreamers include the University of Chicago academics who created a world constitution for the nuclear age; the Republic of New Afrika, which demanded a separate country carved from the Deep South; and the contemporary Aryan movement, which plans to liberate America from multiculturalism and feminism.