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What is America? Understanding the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

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What is America? Understanding the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

  • Professor, Ashland University
18 Lectures (7 Discs) Including Electronic Study Guide

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What are the fundamental principles of America’s founding? Real education is about pursuing great questions, and the goal of this course is to pursue the most important question for us as citizens.

More than ever before, Americans are going back to study the principles of our country in order to understand who we are and where we should be going as a nation. This course will immerse you in the study of what makes us who we are as Americans, especially the fundamental principles embodied in the founding documents of our country, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

What does it mean to be an American? What is your role as a citizen and what rights do you have? Where can you find the documentation for these rights and what principles do they represent? Understanding the answers to these questions has never been so vitally important as it is today.

In a time when government power and individual freedoms are becoming so intertwined, it is essential to understand how our founding fathers meant for these documents to pave the way for equality, freedom, and inalienable rights.

Join Professor Jeffrey Sikkenga as he clearly describes the rights and freedoms that the founding fathers meant to grant us in the Declaration and the Constitution.

“We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”

Thomas Jefferson


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About Your Presenter

Jeffrey Sikkenga is an associate professor of political science at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio and an adjunct fellow of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs. He also has been a senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia. Professor Sikkenga teaches courses in American politics, the US Constitution and political thought. His research centers on the principles and practices of democracy, especially the relationship between politics and religion in democracy.

He has published opinion pieces in newspapers like USA Today, and his scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Journal of Markets and Morality and Religion and Liberty. He co-edited History of American Political Thought (Lexington Press, 2003), edited Transforming American Welfare (1999), and co-wrote The Free Person and the Free Economy (2002). He is currently working on a book on religious liberty in the political thought of John Locke and the American founders.

Professor Sikkenga received his B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto.

Topic Titles

Part 1: The Declaration of Independence

  • “The Apple of Gold”: Starting with the Declaration of Independence
  • “One People”
  • “A New Order of the Ages”: The Source of the Declaration’s Principles
  • “The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”
  • “All Men Are Created Equal”
  • Did the Founders Really Believe in Equality?
  • “Certain Unalienable Rights”: The Right to Property
  • “Certain Unalienable Rights”: The Right to Liberty
  • “Certain Unalienable Rights”: The Right to Life

Part 2: The Constitution

  • “The Consent of the Governed”: A Republic
  • “The Consent of the Governed”: A Constitutional Republic
  • “The Consent of the Governed”: An Extended Republic
  • “The Consent of the Governed”: A Federal Republic
  • “The Consent of the Governed”: Separation of Powers
  • “The Consent of the Governed”: Congress
  • “A Prince Whose Character…”: The President
  • “The Administration of Justice”: The Supreme Court
  • “A Republic if You Can Keep It”

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  1. What is America? Understanding the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution Video Bundle: Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War + What Is America? The Declaration Of Independence and The Constitution - 10 DVDs Total $114.95
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