Archive for December, 2012

DBQ pictures- clean version

If you have lost your copy of the DBQ packet, a .pdf file can be found here:

Reconstruction DBQ

Document I is difficult to read. Below is a cleaner version:

I have found the other picture, but I can’t get to the menu now here at the school, so check back here after I get home and I will put it right here.

"The First Vote"

“The First Vote”

Rare Civil Photographs to be auctioned

This is interesting: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246788/Rare-Civil-War-photographs-letters-revealed-auction-including-signatures-Declaration-signers.html

Thanks, Chris A!

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878

In the wake of the end of Reconstruction in 1877, federal law was enacted to make illegal using federal active duty troops as enforcers of laws on American soil except in emergency circumstances– in other words, to make sure nothing like the Military reconstruction of the South could ever happen again. Thus, to this day, domestic military policy is governed by the Posse Comitatus Act. Read here (http://civilliberty.about.com/od/waronterror/a/posse_act.htm) for a summary of the law and its consequences.

Interestingly, there has recently been some discussion that the law needs to be changed particularly in light of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This law is the reason why the National Guard, rather than the regular military, is used after national disasters, and, in a limited manner, along our nation’s borders. But the law has its roots in Southern resentment of the use of federal troops to enforce the laws regarding the treatment of freedmen during and after the Civil War.

The Colfax Massacre

Great summary from PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/grant-colfax/

Links to article from this week’s discussion on citizenship

Maryland Heights woman tries to prove her US citizenship: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/woman-fights-to-prove-she-s-a-u-s-citizen/article_beba66e5-a28d-5691-88a7-bc1c16ad66af.html

Legal definition of Jus soli: http://definitions.uslegal.com/j/jus-soli/

Legal definition of Jus sanguinis: http://definitions.uslegal.com/j/jus-sanguinis/

Here’s a story of widowed spouses facing deportation: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30056223/ns/us_news-life/t/widowed-immigrants-fight-deportation/

Some politicians have called for the 14th Amendment to be revised:
http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/aug/08/14th-amendment-revision-push-stalls/

Supreme Court agrees to take up gay marriage question

Perfect timing for our discussion of the 14th Amendment!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324640104578165363433361742.html

The Incorporation Doctrine

Read this. It explains the history of the incorporation doctrine, which holds that at least some of the protections in the Bill of Rights applies to actions of the state and local governments as well as the federal government via the 14th Amendment.

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/incorp.htm