Kalamazoo College subscribes to Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video service that provides students and faculty access to over 30,000 documentaries, classic and indie films. Here is a small selection of the ones relating to the Constitution.
Does the Constitution have what it takes to keep up with modern America? Join Peter Sagal in this 4-part PBS as he hits the road to find out. Traveling across the country by motorcycle, Sagal is in search of where the U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn't... how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart.
A look at the Constitution in contemporary terms reveals a short document--7,000 words long--shorter than every state constitution except Vermont's. Only thirty-three of the more than 11,000 amendments that have been proposed have been approved by Congress and submitted to states. Twenty-seven have been ratified.
The democratization of newsgathering and the expansion of the surveillance state have amplified tensions over the transparency of government operations. Trace the recent history of the news media from the Pentagon Papers to Wikileaks, and draw your own conclusions about what information should be published and who should be allowed to publish it.
Distinguished actors re-create the tense exchanges between the Colonial leaders who meet in secret sessions in Philadelphia in May of 1789. We are plunged into the passionate arguments -- finally resolved by the "Great Compromise" between the big states and small states -- that preceded the framing of the Constitution.
Part of a series on cybersecurity, thisepisode focuses on the idea of government monitoring of the Internet. Start by learning all about how on-network monitoring systems work. After that, step back and examine how government monitoring is enforced and limited--but not prohibited--by the Constitution.
Learn how America's founders established a model of a republic through debate, compromise, separation of powers, and a flexible Constitution.