Freedom 101

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 10: Loving v. Virginia

One of the clearest examples of “original understanding” of the Fourteenth Amendment is the widespread belief and insistence that “equal protection” would not disturb state laws banning interracial marriage.  Chief Ju...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 9: Mud Creek Medicine: The Fight for Healthcare in Appalachia

In a forgotten corner of Appalachia, a woman of humble origins and little means led the fight to bring healthcare to her people.  Professor Porwancher tells the inspiring story of Eula Hall.

Freedom 101.3 Ep. 8: A World of Clashing Darwinisms

This lecture places the debates over liberal and conservative interpretations of the constitution—Legal Pragmatism and Constitutional Conservatism, respectively—into the context of the larger late nineteenth century s...

Freedom 101.3 Ep. 7: Mr. Lincoln’s Dreams Deferred: The Supreme Court’s First Failed Efforts

Lincoln’s dreams of “a new birth of freedom” and a national constitutional law defining and enforcing liberty and equality suffered a tragic fate in early decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that endured until the twe...

Freedom 101.3; Ep. 6: Southern Politics and the Constitution-The Taming of the Shrewd

The reframing of the Constitution after the Civil War requires not only disentangling old compromises that enhanced southern power, but also a concerted, century-long effort to implement the spirit of the reframing ov...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 5: American Law: A Biographical Approach

John Henry Wigmore was among the most significant legal thinkers of the twentieth century. Yet before he rose to prominence, he spent his childhood in San Francisco, attended law school at Harvard, and found his first...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 4: The Reconstruction Amendments

In this lecture, Professor Wrobel places the Reconstruction Amendments (13th, 14th, and 15th) into the context of the political struggles of the 1860s and into the longer history of amendments to the Constitution. He ...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 3: A New Birth of Freedom II: The 14th Amendment

At Gettysburg, Lincoln famously promised that this nation shall have a “new birth of freedom.”  He hoped the Constitution would reflect the ideals and aspirations of the Declaration of Independence.  But no real link ...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 2: A President in the Jungle

After a crushing defeat in the 1912 Presidential election, Theodore Roosevelt set his sights on an even more elusive goal than the White House: the mysterious Brazilian waterway known as the River of Doubt. Professor ...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 1; A New Birth of Freedom I: Emancipation to Abolition

Despite Lincoln's popular image as the "Great Emancipator," the elimination of slavery in America was a process, not a moment. Professor Tepker explains that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was a war measure that ...

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