60-Second Civics

Friday, August 14
   Daily civics quiz
What was George Mason's tactical error at the Virginia Ratifying Convention?

 a. To allow clause-by-clause consideration of the Constitution
 b. Allowing Patrick Henry to speak at length
 c. Agreeing to be the chairman of the convention
 d. Refusing to allow James Madison and John Marshall to speak

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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 4072, George Mason at the Virginia Ratification Convention
George Mason made one fateful error at the Virginia Ratification Convention.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4071, George Mason Refuses to Sign the Constitution
George Mason refused to sign the Constitution because it did not contain a bill of rights.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4070, George Mason Proposes the Bill of Rights
When George Mason proposed that a bill of rights be added to the Constitution, not a single state delegation to the Philadelphia Convention voted in favor of Mason's motion. As a result, Mason refused to sign the Constitution.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4069, Bernard Bailyn on Slavery in the Founding Period
Should we hold America's founders to account for not outlawing slavery? We'll learn about one historian's views on the subject on today's podcast.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4068, The New York Manumission Society
Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and William Livingston were outspoken opponents of slavery and were founding members of the New York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4067, Slavery in the North
Slavery was not confined to the South. Even in the late 1790s, one in five New York City households kept domestic slaves.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4066, Providence Punishes National Sins by National Calamities
George Mason's aversion to slavery and his vigorous condemnation of the institution remained a constant throughout his life. Even so, Mason never freed the people he enslaved.

60-Second Civics: Episode 4065, George Mason's Attack on Slavery
George Mason held slaves, but nevertheless condemned the practice.

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.


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