Freedom 101

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 13: Cohen v. California

A profane example of a protest of the draft in the Vietnam era led to an influential opinion by one of the unsung heroes of the Supreme Court’s long struggle to give definition and reality to the constitutional promis...

Freedom 101.4 Ep. 3: Constitutional Constraints on Police Interrogation

In a series of cases from the early to mid-1900s, the Supreme Court articulated constitutional limitations upon police interrogation, aiming not only to produce reliable confessions but also to regulate the morality o...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 12: John Brown’s Raid

In 1859, the militant abolitionist John Brown and his ragtag militia seized a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry in the hopes of inciting a massive slave insurrection.  Although his endeavor failed, Brown's eloquent def...

Freedom 101.4 Ep. 2: The Miranda Warnings: Why a Right to Remain Silent?

All Americans, and indeed people all around the world, know the four famous warnings that now proceed custodial police interrogation.  But where did they come from, and why do we have them?  Professor Stephen Henderso...

Freedom 101.4, Ep.1: Jim Crow Returns? Mass Incarceration in America

The United States is home to approximately 5% of the world's population and 25% of its prison population.  People of color—especially African Americans and Hispanics--are incarcerated at a far higher rate than white A...

Freedom 101.3, Ep. 11: The South & Representation

A State, A Person, Three-Fifths of a Person, One Vote: The South & Representation The problem of how to create fair, equal representation is not new. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison wrangled over it and disa...

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...

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