60-Second Civics

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About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4116, The Prohibition Era
The Prohibition era began just as World War I was drawing to a close. Not every American soldier was happy about returning to a dry country.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4115, The Eighteenth Amendment
The Eighteenth Amendment, which was ratified in January 1919, inaugurated the era of Prohibition by outlawing the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors" in the United States.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4114, International Abolition of Slavery
The international movement to abolish the slave trade and the practice of slavery began in Britain and elsewhere in Europe in the eighteenth century.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4113, Northern Reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, only applied to the Confederacy and did not actually free most slaves in the South, but it did have a powerful symbolic effect and increased diplomatic support for the Union.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4112, The Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation had two parts. The first stated that enslaved people in any of the Confederate states that did not return to the Union by January 1863 would be freed. The second part freed all enslaved people held in the rebellious states, at least in theory.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4111, Abolitionists, Free Soilers, and Emancipation
At the outset of the Civil War, public opinion in the North was generally unfavorable to immediate abolition.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4110, "If Slavery Is Not Wrong, Nothing Is Wrong"
Abraham Lincoln's attitude to the slavery issue was complex. We'll learn why on today's podcast.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4109, The Corwin Amendment
The Corwin Amendment was created in order to avoid the Civil War. It would have outlawed future amendments that abolished slavery. However, the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter began the Civil War, and the amendment was never ratified. Instead, in 1864 Abraham Lincoln began lobby for passage an amendment to abolish slavery.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4108, Abolition Movements in the United States
A social culture of reform in pre-Civil War America was the fertile soil in which a variety of movements against slavery grew.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 4107, Early Anti-Slavery Movements in America
Several movements to abolish slavery were formed during the Revolutionary era.


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