Constitution Videos

The Articles of the Constitution

What is Congress?


In which Craig Benzine teaches you about the United States Congress, and why it's bicameral, and what bicameral means. Craig tells you what the Senate and House of Representatives are for, some of the history of the institutions, and reveal to you just how you can become a representative. It's not that easy. But an eagle gets punched, so there's that.

The Powers of the President

This week Craig looks at the expressed powers of the President of the United States - that is the ones you can find in the Constitution. From appointing judges and granting pardons, to vetoing laws and acting as the nation’s chief diplomat on foreign policy, the Commander in Chief is a pretty powerful person, but actually not as powerful as you might think. The Constitution also limits presidential powers to maintain balance among the three branches of government. Next week we'll talk about the president's powers NOT mentioned in the Constitution - implied powers.

Three Branches Rap - Smart Songs

A song about the 3 branches of the government.

Carol Weissert: Interstate Relations

Part of the Political Conversations series, this video features an interview with Dr. Carol Weissert, who provides insight into the complex relationships among state governments as they seek to both serve their citizens and get along with their neighbors.

USA State and Federal Powers

A cartoon clip from ignite learning which describes some of the different powers that the USA State Governments have compared to the USA Federal Governments. Thanks to Ignite Learning.

The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8

In which John Green teaches you about the United States Constitution. During and after the American Revolutionary War, the government of the new country operated under the Articles of Confederation. While these Articles got the young nation through its war with England, they weren't of much use when it came to running a country. So, the founding fathers decided try their hand at nation-building, and they created the Constitution of the United States, which you may remember as the one that says We The People at the top. John will tell you how the convention came together, some of the compromises that had to be made to pass this thing, and why it's very lucky that the framers installed a somewhat reasonable process for making changes to the thing. You'll learn about Shays' Rebellion, the Federalist Papers, the elite vs rabble dynamic of the houses of congress, and start to find out just what an anti-federalist is.

The Amendments of the Constitution

The 1st Amendment

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The 2nd Amendment

How did the right "to keep and bear arms" become a part of the U.S. Constitution? How have ideas about this right and its protections changed over time?

The 3rd Amendment

Continuing the Constitution for Dummies Series with the Bill of Rights and Amendment Three. Explained simply so you can understand the Constitution of the United States.

The 4th Amendment

This week Craig talks about police searches and seizures. Now, the fourth amendment says that you have the right to be protected against "unreasonable searches and seizures" but what exactly does this mean? Well, it's complicated. The police often need warrants issued with proof of probable cause, but this isn't always the case - such as when you're pulled over for a moving violation. We'll finish up with the limitations of these protections and discuss one group of people in particular that aren't protected equally - students.