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Students With Failing Knowledge of U.S. History Miss Significance of Magna Carta

Magna Carta subordinated the king to written rule of law and protected the rebellious barons’ rights, including from illegal imprisonment. It states: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions … except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.”

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‘Know-Nothings’ Legacy Walls Off School Choice

“The Irish are perhaps the only people in our history with the distinction of having a political party, the Know-Nothings, formed against them,” wrote John F. Kennedy in his 1958 book, A Nation of Immigrants. Today, few people realize that the Massachusetts Constitution has two Know-Nothing-style amendments, which still thrust their mid-19th century bigotry into our world.

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Will Our Children Have Basic Civic Knowledge for Our Public Institutions to Endure?

“A soothsayer bids you beware the Ides of March,” Brutus warns Roman dictator Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy. March 15 is the “Ides of March,” one of the most important events in the political history of western civilization, the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s assassination.