60-Second Civics

Thursday, August 06
   Daily civics quiz
Which Founders claimed to be against slavery?

 a. George Mason
 b. Thomas Jefferson
 c. James Madison
 d. All of the above

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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 4064, Jefferson and Madison on Slavery
Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason and other Founders agonized over slavery and what to do to bring about its end.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4063, Mason and Washington on Slavery
Learn about two Founders' views on slavery on today's podcast.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4062, Frequent Recurrence to Fundamental Principles
The Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776 was extremely influential.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4061, Important Principles in the Virginia Declaration of Rights
The Virginia Declaration of Rights laid out a number of important principles of American government.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4060, The Virginia Declaration of Rights
Among the important principles set forth in the Virginia Declaration of rights is that all power is derived from the people and that government officials are their trustees and servants.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4059, The Most Influential Constitutional Document in American History
George Mason was the primary author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and its "Constitution and Form of Government." The Virginia Declaration of Rights influenced the Declaration of Independence, state constitutions, and the Bill of Rights

60-Second Civics: Episode 4058, The Fairfax Resolves
George Mason, America's "forgotten founder," wrote the famous Fairfax Resolves in 1774, which were intended, as George Washington explained, to "defend our Constitutional Rights" and to set forth our fundamental principles.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4057, George Mason's Early Life
Like many of America's founders, George Mason had many good attributes. Nevertheless, his legacy is tarnished by the fact that was a slaveholder, as were George Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4056, George Mason, the Reluctant Statesman
Most Americans know very little about George Mason, who was instrumental in getting the Bill of Rights added to the Constitution by the First Congress in 1791.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4055, George Mason, America's Forgotten Founder
George Mason was a highly influential Virginian who had a "profound understanding of republican government," and yet he remains largely unknown to the American public. Find out about America's "Forgotten Founder" over the next several episodes of 60-Second Civics.


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