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Show 1835 Part 8 of 10. Constitution 101. The Meaning and History of the Constitution.: Show 1835 Part 8 of 10. Constitution 101. The Meaning and History of the Constitution.  This show was originally published as ACU Show 831 and is here republished. For this free online course with video lectures, reading materials, study guide,...

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Show 1835 Part 8 of 10. Constitution 101. The Meaning and History of the Constitution.  This show was originally published as ACU Show 831 and is here republished. For this free online course with video lectures, reading materials, study guide, quiz and Certificate of Completion visit- https://online.hillsdale.edu/course/con101/schedule    Welcome to Week 8 “Abraham Lincoln and the Constitution” Overview Abraham Lincoln’s fidelity to the Declaration of Independence is equally a fidelity to the Constitution. The Constitution takes its moral life from the principles of liberty and equality, and was created to serve those principles. We are divided as a nation today, as in Lincoln’s time, because we have severed the connection between these two documents. Lincoln’s “Fragment on the Constitution and the Union” contains the central theme of Lincoln’s life and work. Drawing upon biblical language, Lincoln describes the Declaration of Independence as an “apple of gold,” and the Constitution as the “frame of silver” around it. We cannot consider the Constitution independently of the purpose which it was designed to serve. The Constitution acts to guard the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. As the embodiment of the Declaration’s principles, the Constitution created a frame of government with a clear objective. The Constitution is not a collection of compromises, or an empty vessel whose meaning can be redefined to meet the needs of the time; it is the embodiment of an eternal, immutable truth. Abraham Lincoln defended the Union and sought to defeat the Confederate insurrection because he held that the principles of the Declaration and Constitution were inviolable. In his speeches and in his statecraft, Lincoln wished to demonstrate that self-government is not doomed to either be so strong that it overwhelms the rights of the people or so weak that it is incapable of surviving. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Lecturer:  Kevin Portteus is assistant professor of politics at Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 2008. Dr. Portteus is faculty advisor for the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program, and teaches courses in American political thought and American political institutions. A visiting graduate faculty member in the American History and Government program at Ashland University, Dr. Portteus formerly taught at Belmont Abbey College and Mountain View College, in Dallas. Having published online through the Washington Times, Human Events, and BigGovernment.com, his book, Executive Details: Public Administration and American Constitutionalism, is under review for publication. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Ashland University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------    Hillsdale College Free Online Courses- https://www.hillsdale.edu/academics/free-online-courses/   ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Related ACU Shows- Show 821 Part 1 and 2 of 5. Introduction to the Constitution Lecture Series https://acu.libsyn.com/show-introduction-to-the-constitution-lecture-series-   Show 822 Part 3 and 4 of 5. Introduction to the Constitution Lecture Series https://acu.libsyn.com/show-part-3-and-4-of-5-introduction-to-the-constitution-lecture-series-   Show 823 Part 5 of 5. Introduction to the Constitution Lecture Series https://acu.libsyn.com/show-part-5-of-5-introduction-to-the-constitution-lecture-series-   Related Hillsdale Course- Constitution 201 https://soundcloud.com/hillsdale-college/sets/constitution-201   ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Hillsdale College Course Catalog https://online.hillsdale.edu/dashboard/courses   Course Catalog Questions about the Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.   Introduction to t

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