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Constitution—Fabius Letter II

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 1

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution being...

Weekly Story – A Reasonable Creature

Weekly Story Excerpted from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.   So Convenient a Thing. ————— IBELIEVE I have omitted mentioning that in my first voyage from Boston, being becalmed off Block Island,...

Daniel Webster—Ichabod

Daniel Webster—January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852 Why did all manly gifts in Webster fail? He wrote on Nature’s grandest brow, For Sale. —Emerson. ————— Ichabod. THIS poem was the...

The Providence Plantations, by George Bancroft

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, BY GEORGE BANCROFT Vol. 1, Pt. 1, Ch. 13 — THE PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS WHILE the state was thus connecting by the...

Story of The Great Seal of the United States

Weekly Story Naval Officer George Henry Preble documents the development of the Great Seal of the United States of America. Dr. Franklin proposed for the device...

Self-Government in Massachusetts – Bancroft

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES BY GEORGE BANCROFT Volume 1, Part 1 Chapter 14 — Self-Government in Massachusetts THE concession of the Massachusetts charter seemed to the...

The General Welfare – by Clarence Carson

CLARENCE CARSON Editor's note: This constitutional classic originally appeared in the August 1, 1983 edition of The Freeman. “I wish the Constitution was not so vague,”...

New England’s Plantation – Bancroft

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES BY GEORGE BANCROFT Volume 1, Part 1 Chapter 13 — New England's Plantation WHILE the king was engaged in the overthrow of...

Remembering the Ragusan Republic

LAWRENCE W. REED, FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION Visitors to the Croatian city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic are struck by the magnificence of the stone...

C.S. Lewis on Compelling People to Do Good

BY CLARENCE CARSON One of the more amiable traits which many people have is the inclination or desire to share something good with others. If...

Wreckers by Edgar A. Guest

AMERICANIST CLASSROOM Character Building Poetry: Edgar A. Guest Wreckers “I watched them tearing a building down, A gang of men in a busy town. With a ho-heave-ho and a...

America’s Republic: How the Great Experiment Came About (and How We Keep It)

A brief history of America, its founding documents, and what we can do to keep the flame of liberty burning bright. BY LAWRENCE W. REED I...

The Man Without a Country – American Minute

American Minute with Bill Federer An ambitious politician and his momentous fall, from Vice-President to treason! Aaron Burr's main political opponent was Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, along with...

Monopoly Might Be a Zero-Sum Game, but Wealth Isn’t.

Used with the permission of the Foundation for Economic Education.

Free Enterprise: The Key to Economic Prosperity

BY CLARENCE B. CARSON This classic essay on economic philosophy was originally published Oct 01, 1985 in The Freeman (the then monthly print journal of...

We Can Thank a Flawed Jury System for the Steinle Verdict

BY SELWYN DUKE Much has been said about the acquittal of felonious invader Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the killer of young Kate Steinle, who died...

Larry Reed – “The Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy”

Lawrence W. Reed is President of the Foundation for Economic Education and the author of the book Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage,...

Georgia: Joseph Story’s Commentaries on the Constitution, Vol. 1, Ch. 15

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 1, Chapter 15,  GEORGIA § 143. In the same year, in which Carolina...

North and South Carolina: Joseph Story’s Commentaries on the Constitution, Vol. 1, Ch. 14

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 1, Chapter 14,  NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA § 128. WE next come to...