A History of the U.S. Constitution
Testing the Constitution (#104)
4. Testing the Constitution
1793 – Congress Enacts a Fugitive Slave Act
1794 – Congress Passes the 11th Amendment Protecting States’ Rights
1794 – Freedom to Protest Is Tested in the Whiskey Rebellion
1796 – John Adams Becomes the Second President of United States Inaugurating the Two-party System and Is Responsible for the 12th Amendment
1798 – Alien and Sedition Acts Usher in a Bleak Period of American Political Freedom
1803 – John Marshall Establishes a Strong Supreme Court Through Marbury v. Madison [27 minutes]
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Series Description: This series illustrates how the U.S. Constitution has protected the American people from the abuses of power and tyranny and how for over two centuries the principles set forth by the Constitution have empowered Americans to excel and aspire to greatness – great art, great literature, excellence and leadership in science and technology.
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