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12 of the Boldest Executive Orders in U.S. History to Kick Off Your Presidents Day

Statutes at Large, U.S. Presidential Library, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

On the third Monday of every February, many around the United States honor those who have served as President. First established in 1879 to observe George Washington’s birthday, the holiday has become a catch-all celebration of the highest office in the country.

To celebrate Presidents Day this year, let’s take a look at one of the most effective courses of action for the President of the United States: the executive order. This type of directive, vaguely awarded to the executive branch in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, can cover all sorts of topics as long as it has some basis in the Constitution or federal law…

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How a Series of Revolutions Led to the Mexican Constitution of 1917

Foreign Affairs, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

Following years of political instability and violent rebellion, the Constituent Congress of Mexico approved a new Mexican constitution in 1917 that would promise expansive social reform and political reconstruction. The first such document in the world to outline social rights, the Mexican Constitution of 1917 has served as a model for the constitutions of other nations. Join us in discovering the origins of this historic document with HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated.

World Constitutions Illustrated

With historical and current constitutions from around the world, this essential database enables scholars to research the constitutional and political development of any country. The database includes the current constitution of every country in its original language…

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HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated: January 2020 Update

Content News, HeinOnline Updates, What's New, World Constitutions Illustrated
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Back in October, we updated researchers on the content that was released in the World Constitutions Illustrated database from July to October 2019. Read below to find out what new documents have been added to this ever-growing database.

Updates from November to Date

Since our last content news update, we have updated 16 countries and added 110 new titles to the World Constitutions Illustrated database.

We will continue to post constitutional content news right here in the HeinOnline blog. Be sure to subscribe to our blog to receive notifications when new posts are published…

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A Step-By-Step Guide to the Trump Impeachment Proceedings

Political Science, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

This month, history was made when Donald J. Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. However, contrary to popular misunderstanding, impeachment does not necessarily mean Trump will be removed from office.

Confused about how it all works? Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to impeachment through the lens of the recent Trump inquiry.


What Is Impeachment?

Impeachment was included by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as a way to protect the young nation from corrupt and tyrannical leadership. As laid out in Article II, Section 4

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Spilling the Tea on the Party that Sparked a Revolution

American History, Foreign Affairs, Political Science, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Library, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

The Boston Tea Party was a controversial political protest which escalated the tensions between the Kingdom of England and its American colonies and ultimately culminated in the Revolutionary War. Learn about the causes and effects of the protest, as well as the key players involved—many of whom would go on to play crucial roles in the formation of the United States.

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1. World Constitutions Illustrated

This library enables legal scholars to research the constitutional and political development of every country in the world. It includes the current constitution for every country in its original language format and an English translation…

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HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated: October 2019 Update

Content News, HeinOnline Updates, What's New, World Constitutions Illustrated
Lauren Mattiuzzo

A few months ago, we updated researchers on the content that was released in the World Constitutions Illustrated database from May to July 2019. Read below to find out what new documents have been added to this ever-growing database.

Updates from July to Date

Since our last content news update, we have updated 22 countries and added more than 140 new titles to the World Constitutions Illustrated database.

We will continue to post constitutional content news right here in the HeinOnline blog…

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A Columbus Day Exploration of Indigenous American History

American History, American Indian, Human Rights, Law Journal Library, Legal Classics, Political Science, Statutes at Large, World Constitutions Illustrated, World Treaty Library
Tara Kibler

On this day each October, we observe the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas in 1492. However, the often-devastating impact of “Western” influences on indigenous Americans has led some to be wary of celebrating the man who started it all. As a solution, many have begun to counter-celebrate with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in honor of American Indian history and culture.

Regardless of your stance on Columbus Day, one thing is certain—albeit dark at times, American Indians have a rich and storied history which is forever entwined with the evolution of the United States. Join us as we explore that history with HeinOnline’s American Indian Law Collection and other relevant databases…

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Building America: The Powerful Story Behind “We the People”

American History, Highlights in History, Law, Political Science, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America, the basis for the structure of the U.S. government, and the primary source for all legislative, executive, and judicial authority. Signed on September 17, 1787, the document became the first permanent constitution of its kind. The signing of the U.S. Constitution is commemorated with Constitution Day celebrations on September 17 of each year.

Originally consisting of seven articles, the Constitution outlined the framework for the newly established American government. As America has expanded over the past 232 years, the document has been amended to address the nation’s evolving needs. Join HeinOnline as we research the story behind the drafting…

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The United States Is No Longer Yours

American History, Foreign Affairs, Highlights in History, Political Science, Treaties and Agreements Library, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

The Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783 as a peace agreement between Great Britain and the United States of America to formally end the American Revolutionary War. Learn more about the evolution of the treaty with primary sources in HeinOnline.

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The Treaty of Paris


HISTORY OF THE TREATY

The American Revolutionary War began in 1775 when tensions increased between Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in North America…

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The Life and Career of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

American History, History of Supreme Court Nominations, Law, Law Journal Library, Pentagon Papers, Statutes at Large, U.S. Supreme Court, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

Eighty-two years ago, Hugo Lafayette Black was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. The fifth-longest serving justice, an avid New Deal supporter, and a former Ku Klux Klansman, Hugo Black proved to be controversial yet influential in the outcome of landmark Supreme Court decisions. Read about Justice Black’s jurisprudence and Supreme Court career with HeinOnline.

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