Category : Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

Union and Liberty in Early America, II

July 18, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

by James Danielson, PhD In the last issue of “Front and Center,” we examined the nature of the American state and began to consider how early Americans worked out a way for the states to effect their security within a union that protected their liberty. In this issue, we will describe the American political order […]

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Union and Liberty in Early America

June 23, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD Anne-Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein (1766-1817), known as Madame de Stael (commonly pronounced “de Stall”), was a French writer and political theorist whose writings were widely read in her lifetime and long after. She was alarmed at Napoleon’s belligerent adventures in Europe and wrote to him aggressively about it, which prompted Bonaparte to demand of his servants that they […]

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The Path to American Independence

May 12, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD n June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia delivered to the Continental Congress a resolution, known as the Lee Resolution, declaring the colonies of British America to be free and independent states. It reads as follows: Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent […]

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The Principle of Federalism

April 1, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD James Wilson was a Scottish-born Pennsylvanian who was one of the leading jurists in the early years after the ratification of the Constitution. He served on the Committee of Detail that produced the first draft of the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. He is regarded as the principal designer of […]

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Free People as Citizens

February 23, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD The Philadelphia Convention concluded its business on 17, September 1787. Ten days later, on 27, September, there appeared the first of seven letters written to the citizens of New York under the pseudonym “Cato.” The letters are intended to help New Yorkers think about the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed new […]

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On Reason and Emotion

February 4, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD             Speech pathologists in several parts of the country are reporting as much as 300% increases in their business from children struggling to learn to speak correctly because the adults around them are so often masked.  It appears that when little ones are learning to talk, they need to see the moving […]

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What Form of Government did the Constitution Create?

January 3, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD Today most Americans are in the habit of referring to our form of government as a democracy, but in Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution we read the following: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government,…” Were we to ask Americans to […]

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