Thur. May 12, noon-1 pm ET

Webinar: American Freedom and the Press

On May 12, 2022, we continue our series on the U.S. Constitution by examining the 1st Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press. Our featured speaker, Floyd Abrams, has been described as "the most significant 1st Amendment lawyer of our age," after representing the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case, Judith Miller in the investigation into the CIA leak, and Citizens United in one of the most impactful campaign finance cases ever heard before the Supreme Court.

During our event, we will discuss journalism in colonial America and why the Founders believed freedom of the press was important enough to include in the 1st Amendment; Mr. Abrams' distinguished career arguing before the Supreme Court 13 times; and the state of modern media in light of mounting attacks against the industry and in the age of social media.
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Rebuilding the Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States and Commander of the U.S. Army during the Civil War. 2022 also marks 100 years since the dedication of the Grant Memorial, located outside of the U.S. Capitol. During this event hosted by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, in collaboration with the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, we celebrated Grant's contributions that saved the Republic and protected newly freed citizens during Reconstruction. We also discussed modern historians' reexamination of the man once held in equal esteem with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Featured speakers for this event were Senator Blunt; Brett Blanton, Architect of the U.S. Capitol; Dr. Ronald White, NYT bestselling author of American Ulysses; and Jane L. Campbell, President and CEO of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
Grant Bicentennial at the Capitol

Thank You to Everyone Who Attended
Our First In-Person Event in Two Years!
Our President with Sen. Blunt, Architect Blanton, and Dr. White
Dr. White discussing Grant's important leadership and legacy
Our President with USCHS supporters in attendance
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The Environmental Decade: Congress, Nixon, & the Birth of the EPA

April 22 was the 52nd Anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate this occasion, we hosted a webinar to discuss the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency and the work of Congress and the Nixon Administration to pass our nation’s first major environmental laws: the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Air Act of 1970.
 
Our featured speaker was Bob Bostock, a curator for the Nixon Foundation and former head speechwriter for the Administrator of the EPA. He detailed the history of “the environmental decade” and its seminal impact on politics and policy in the United States.
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Founding Faith: 
The 1st Amendment &
Religious Liberty

During the week of Passover, Easter, and Ramadan, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society continued its series on the U.S. Constitution with a webinar about the history and significance of the First Amendment and religious freedom. Joining us for this important discussion was Steven Waldman, the author of the national bestseller, “Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America.”

During this event, we discussed religion (and persecution) in colonial America from the Pilgrims through the passage of the Bill of Rights; the faiths of the Founding Fathers and their belief in religious freedom; and the original meaning of the First Amendment's “free exercise” clause that is still debated today.

Whether you are a person of faith or not, this event will shed important light on how one of America's most unique and important freedoms, continues to impact us today.  
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The History and Meaning of the U.S. Constitution 

The U.S. Constitution is the foundation of the American Republic, but do we really understand its meaning? To help answer this question, the USCHS proudly hosted a webinar with Stanford Scholar Jack Rakove, whose book, “Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution,” won the Pulitzer Prize in history.

During our event, we discussed a new nation on the brink of dissolution, the Constitutional Convention's origins, how reforming the Articles of Confederation resulted in a new government, and the roles that American luminaries like Washington, Madison, Hamilton, and Franklin played in drafting the Constitution. Finally, how do the Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist debates then, mirror our conversations about the size and scope of government today?

As the First webinar in our year-long series about the Constitution, we also examined the significance of its ability to be amended and what that still means in our effort to form a more perfect Union.

Dr. Rakove is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a past president of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic. 
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