Item Details

The Constitution [electronic resource]: Fixed or Flexible?

produced by the Educational Film Center
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Examines the search for balance between the original Constitution and the need to interpret and adjust it to meet the needs of changing times. Details the original Jeffersonian-Madisonian debate, the concept of checks and balances, and the stringent procedures for amending the Constitution. Case studies include legislative decisions about capital punishment for mentally retarded individuals, President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Bill, and the fight for women's suffrage in the United States.
Performers
Hosted by Renée Poussaint.
Release Date
2003
Run Time
27 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
high school
9-12
Notes
  • Series covers topics of civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions recommended by The Civics Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress developed by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Companion web site includes topic overviews, readings, critical thinking activity and web-based resources for each program.
Related Title
Cruel and unusual punishment.
Veto!
Battle for the ballot.
Series
Democracy in America
Series Statement
Democracy in America ; 2
Contents
  • Cruel and unusual punishment (9 min.)
  • Veto! (8 min.)
  • Battle for the ballot (10 min.)
ISBN
1576806758 (series)
Published
South Burlington, Vt. : Annenberg/CPB, c2003.
Description
Mode of access: Windows Media Player, World Wide Web.
Technical Details
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