Freedom 101

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 ...

Freedom 101.2, Ep. 27: Thomas Jefferson & Voluntary Associations in American Life

In 1822, Thomas Jefferson was genuinely alarmed when a voluntary society was formed to raise money and reach out to American Indians. Professor Butterfield explores this moment, and he shows how Jefferson’s worries po...

Freedom 101.2; Ep. 26: America’s First Labor Unions & the Right to Work

Professor Butterfield explores America's first debates over what we now call "right-to-work" laws, an idea that as early as 1806 was already a hotly contested issue in the early republic, when a Philadelphia shoemaker...

Freedom 101.2; Ep. 25: A Civil War Soldier’s Journey

In his first battle of the Civil War, a young captain was shot in the chest and faced imminent death. He managed to not only survive the wound, the battle, and the war, but became a renowned justice on the Supreme Cou...

Freedom 101.2; Ep. 24: Freemasonry and the American Constitutional Tradition

Thirteen of the thirty-nine signers of the U.S. Constitution shared something in common: they were Freemasons. But did Freemasonry really play an influential role in the founding of the United States? Professor Butter...

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