Buy “Just the Facts – United States Constitution and Bill of Rights Max Showalter, Argentina Brunetti, Robert Stevenson (II), Abraham Sofaer, Dean Cromer, William Monahan, Nina Foch, Herbert Anderson, Michael Garrett, Joseph Sanchez (II), Noel Drayton, Tim Sullivan, Kathleen Rooney, Don C. Harvey, Kent Odell, Robert Roark, Myron Healey, Gary Merrill, Robert Kendall, Torin Thatcher, Ted Post Movies & TV” Online

Just the Facts - United States Constitution and Bill of Rights

This documentary is a solid intro to U.S. Constitution. It is mostly about basic facts, and as such is aimed at a high school audience. There is little nuanced analysis of various Constitutional provisions. Its basic mission is to introduce the viewer to the Constitution, or to make sure that one remembers basic facts about it, if one has to take a relevant exam. If you teach a college course in American politics, as I do, then this video can be useful as a refresher on what the Constitution actually says. I am not a constitutional law expert, and the U.S. Constitution per se takes up one week of a sixteen week course, so I never explore the document in-depth. These tapes remind me of the basics, the foundation–and without such foundation the beautiful edifice of more elaborate knowledge cannot stand. Check it out!

Product Description That preface begins the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States. When the Constitution was written, certain framers, powerful political leaders of their day, like Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry, insisted on adding basic legal protections to ensure individual rights. As a consequence the first ten amendments were added to clarify the rights of the citizens of the United States of America. These are essential human rights, granted to all of us, that we should know and understand. In this video they are laid out in very easy-to-understand language, with comments from noted American Political Science experts form major universities who help interpret the language of this essential document. In addition, this video includes all the subsequent amendments made to the Constitution of the United States through to the present. These include such important national issues as slavery, prohibition, and the extension of voting right to all citizens. This video is essential viewing for any student of American History, and anyone interested in understanding our national heritage and basic rights as citizens. The Just The Facts Learning Series brings you the Bill of Rights in a fast-paced style that makes learning fun! The 2-video set Just the Facts: United States Constitution and Bill of Rights contains: Just the Facts: United States Constitution Just the Facts: The United States Constitution is a superior video resource for history and social studies classrooms. Teachers and parents alike can use this to make the Constitution accessible on many levels. The program is targeted at junior high students and high school freshmen and sophomores and is divided into sections corresponding to the articles of the Constitution. With contributions from experts on constitutional history and theory, the program lacks flashy production values but is nonetheless engaging, and considerable information is packed into 50 minutes. Kids won’t be able to unpack all the information in one viewing, so teachers should think about showing different snippets over the course of a longer unit on the Constitution. –Erik Macki Just the Facts: United States Bill of Rights Just the Facts: The United States Bill of Rights offers teachers and parents a superb video resource for social studies, history, and government classes at the junior high school level or the freshman-sophomore level of high school. The program is divided into in-depth segments focusing on each of the amendments comprising the Bill of Rights and includes accessible commentary from university professors in constitutional theory and history. After the Bill of Rights, the program spends some time on the amendments that addressed slavery, prohibition, and suffrage. The program is not adorned with flashy production values but is well organized and presented. Because there is an enormous amount of content in only 50 minutes of play time, the program won’t best serve typical junior and senior high school students if showed in one sitting. Teachers should instead implement the segments individually as a multimedia component of a Bill of Rights unit so that the dense information can be unpacked, analyzed, and discovered. –Erik Macki




Just the Facts – United States Constitution and Bill of Rights Review


Today in Washington D.C., in glass cases behind panes of special glass to protect them from the light, are two handwritten documents getting along in years. Their words are dim, hard to make out, but not their meaning— Liberty, Freedom. and rights for the individual few other countries have ever granted their people. “The colonies are not to be emancipated from their dependence on the supremacy of England,” said King George III, but Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and other patriot leaders couldn’t picture a brand new Republc being led by someone 3000 miles away. George Washington’s leadership was what America needed. He served two terms as President, then voluntarily gave up his power setting a precedent that lasted until the 1940s. King George III couldn’t believe it. But King George couldn’t believe Americans needed to chart their own course. He went mad, you know. Absolutely mad. Had to be kept in a straightjacket there for awhile. -Read Reviews-

This is an excellent synopsis of the uniqueness, magnitude and importance of the U.S. Constitution. Taking the viewer through each Article and Amendment, these videos clearly and easily explain why the Framers found it important to separate and limit the powers of government and what each branch of government is responsible for providing to the American people. The controversy over state versus federal rights and individual protection from the government is also well presented. Filled with great pictures and footage, the Constitution and its amendments are outlined with the added comments of two articulate and insightful professors. The videos are easy to follow and lend themselves well to student note-taking. These are a definite asset to any government teacher’s video library.

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