Constitution Day Resources from The Annenberg Project

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A Conversation on the Constitution with Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Anthony M. Kennedy: The Importance of the Japanese Internment Cases

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the U.S. government sent individuals of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast to internment camps. The Hirabayashi and Korematsu cases challenged the government’s right to restrict the liberty of this population of citizens and noncitizens, and the Supreme Court upheld the government’s actions in each case. This film explores individual rights in light of these landmark cases. Length: 36 minutes

A Conversation on the Constitution with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy: The Importance of the Yick Wo Case

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the 1886 Yick Wo v. Hopkins case that the unequal application of a law violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause and consequently the rights of a Chinese immigrant. In this video, Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy discusses the Court’s groundbreaking decision and the protection that the Fourteenth Amendment provides for any “person”—whether an American citizen or not. Length: 30 minutes

A Conversation on the Constitution with Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Antonin Scalia: Judicial Interpretation

How do Justices of the Supreme Court decide what the provisions of the Constitution mean? In November 2007, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer gathered with students to discuss differing theories of judicial interpretation and how they affect not only the outcomes of cases but our democracy and daily lives. Length: 37 minutes

The Constitution Project: One Person, One Vote

In a series of landmark decisions in the 1960s, the Supreme Court established the principle of one person, one vote. In this documentary, Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer and other experts discuss the political environment that generated the decisions in Baker v. Carr and Reynolds v. Sims and the Court’s application of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in deciding reapportionment cases. Length: 26 minutes

The Constitution Project: Expert Commentary

The Sunnylands Constitution Project assembled a panel of constitutional scholars and legal experts to discuss issues raised by the Justices in our videos. Presented here are a number of excerpts from Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony M. Kennedy on the Japanese internment, each followed by an analysis and commentary from the panel. You can also choose to view just the commentary.


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