The American Constitution 101

Podcast-style audio course - 24 Topics & 8 CDs
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
Belmont University College of Law
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Audio Download + Subscription
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The American Constitution 101

Podcast-style audio course - 24 Topics & 8 CDs
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
Belmont University College of Law
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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A captivating 24-lecture audio series on the U. S. Constitution by award-winning law professor David L. Hudson Jr.

Written more than two hundred years ago, the Constitution remains the backbone of American government and an example of freedom and democracy the world over. Once called the “Miracle at Philadelphia,” it remains America’s vital governing force today.

Join Prof. Hudson to learn how and why this foundational document came to be and how it has been interpreted and applied to all facets of American life. As Janis Adams Kyser, Director of the Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement, writes, “His true gift is educating students, educators, professors, and citizens on the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and American liberties. . . . I could write for hours about the qualities of David Hudson. ”

Your audio course will begin in the summer of 1787, as the Founding Fathers met to revise the Articles of Confederation, then explore the ratification process and James Madison’s championing of the Bill of Rights. After considering pivotal moments in constitutional history, including later amendments and influential peri

A captivating 24-lecture audio series on the U. S. Constitution by award-winning law professor David L. Hudson Jr.

Written more than two hundred years ago, the Constitution remains the backbone of American government and an example of freedom and democracy the world over. Once called the “Miracle at Philadelphia,” it remains America’s vital governing force today.

Join Prof. Hudson to learn how and why this foundational document came to be and how it has been interpreted and applied to all facets of American life. As Janis Adams Kyser, Director of the Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement, writes, “His true gift is educating students, educators, professors, and citizens on the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and American liberties. . . . I could write for hours about the qualities of David Hudson. ”

Your audio course will begin in the summer of 1787, as the Founding Fathers met to revise the Articles of Confederation, then explore the ratification process and James Madison’s championing of the Bill of Rights. After considering pivotal moments in constitutional history, including later amendments and influential periods of the Supreme Court, you’ll explore contemporary ramifications of the First Amendment as well as the articles of impeachment.

Through captivating lectures, you’ll not only learn how the Constitution was formed, but travel through history to see how it has shaped U. S. politics ever since. You’ll see powerful examples of how the Constitution ensured that the United States would be governed by the rule of law.

After listening to this series, you’ll have a greater appreciation for the sweaty work that forged the Constitution, as well as the document’s role throughout U. S. history. Don’t miss this chance to engage more fully with the work that changed the United States forever.

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$199.95

David L. Hudson, Jr., is an award-winning professor, world-champion boxing judge, and leading First Amendment expert. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited more than 40 books, including The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech (Thomson Reuters, 2012); Let the Students Speak!: A History of the Fight for Freedom of Expression in American Schools (Beacon Press, 2011), The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (CQ Press, 2008), and Boxing in America: An Autopsy (Praeger, 2012). Hudson is a Justice Robert H. Jackson Fellow for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and a First Amendment Fellow with the Freedom Forum Institute. A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, he writes regularly for the ABA Journal and the American Bar Association.
Praise for David L. Hudson’s work on constitutional law:
“David Hudson has consulted, written, and spoken widely on free speech and related First Amendment issues to groups that have included high school teachers, news reporters, college students, and fellow professors. He is especially knowledgeable about the area of student speech. His knowledge is both deep and wide, and his presentations are well researched and engaging. His role in contributing to the Encyclopedia of the First Amendment and its online updates has been indispensable.”
– Dr. John R. Vile, Professor of Political Science and Dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University
“David Hudson is a true expert on the First Amendment. His knowledge of First Amendment case law and legal principles, as well as his ability to explain them to an audience regardless of its familiarity with the issues involved, makes him a perfect commentator for a program on the freedom of speech. I highly recommend listening to David’s take on this essential freedom.”
– Joe Cohn, Legislative & Policy Director Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“David Hudson is a thoughtful and thought-provoking authority on the First Amendment, whose work reflects his deep understanding of freedom of speech and its vital role in our democracy.”
– Ken A. Paulson, Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University and President of the First Amendment Center
Praise for David L. Hudson’s work on boxing:
“David Hudson’s knowledge of the law is matched only by his knowledge of combat sports—especially boxing. He’s the most sought after boxing judging in our area and has the respect of promoters, veteran fighters, and follow judges alike. I received my law degree in great part due to his teachings, and am now a boxing judge myself solely because of his influence and his passion for the sweet science.”
– J.T. Conway, Nashville-area boxing judge
“[Hudon’s] encyclopedic knowledge of boxing history combined with his real-world judging experience make him uniquely qualified to provide an enlightened, in-depth, and unparalleled explanation and discussion of boxing history.”
– Stuart Scott, lawyer and professional boxing judge
 “Boxing writer, historian and International World championship boxing judge, David Hudson is back with an audio lecture course that packs a punch on the history of boxing. Hudson is a noted author of previous boxing books including An Autopsy.. Boxing in America. Since 1998, Hudson has also judged professional boxing matches and his resume includes several world title fights around the world. Hudson’s passion and historical knowledge of the sweet science shines through in this lecture series.”
 ­– Mike Fitzgerald, Boxing Historian and author of The Ageless Warrior: The Life Story of Boxing’s Knockout King Archie Moore

  • The Story of the Constitutional Convention: Part 1
  • The Story of the Constitutional Convention: Part 2
  • Issues and Plans of Government at the Constitutional Convention
  • Finalization and Ratification of The United States Constitution
  • James Madison and the U.S. Bill of Rights
  • An Overview of the Structure of the Constitution
  • The Reconstruction Amendments
  • The Right to Vote
  • Standards of Review in Constitutional Law
  • Article I and How Congress Conducts Its Work
  • Article II and the Power of the Presidency
  • Article III and the United States Supreme Court
  • The Marshall Court
  • The Establishment Clause
  • The Free Exercise Clause
  • The Free Speech Clause
  • The Development of Constitutional Law during the Warren Court
  • The Warren Court: Part 2
  • The Justiciability Doctrines
  • Capital Punishment
  • The First Amendment and the Protection of Hurtful Speech
  • Great Dissents
  • The Story of the Clinton Impeachment
  • Interpreting the Constitution

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