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Constitution Research Guide: How to Read an 18th Century Legal Document

By: Michael Boldin

How do you get to the original, legal meaning of a word, phrase, article, clause or section of the Constitution? Following the advice of the founders – this guide includes debates, speeches, dictionaries and more to get the best results.

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  • […] Is it powerful or weak? Is it expansive or limited? How much authority does it wield? Can it act in any situation, or does it have a limited sphere? How you answer these questions will shape your view of American government and guide your understanding of every clause in the Constitution. […]

  • […] anarchism of Antifa embodies the revolutionary outlook, common in the West since the 18th century, that reviles traditional institutions, that seeks to undermine authority through random violence […]

  • […] British taxed the colonists in various ways, starting with the Stamp Act, a tax on newspapers and legal and commercial documents. The taxes were […]

  • […] for commerce and defense where all other issues were left to the States. Both the framers of the Constitution and the men who ratified it sold the document on this very promise. The States would not be abolished and would have virtually the same powers […]

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