Wednesday, September 9, 2015

United States Constitution in Film

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Listed below are a few films for us to contemplate on the Constitution, and our heritage to keep and defend it. It is without question that corruption in the Federal Government has now completely consumed our rights. At what point do "We The People" rise up, and take back our country?

The Birth Of A Nation (1915)
In July 1914, D.W. Griffith began shooting the Civil War/Reconstruction epic that would become The Birth of a Nation, a work of remarkable storytelling, cinematic art, and politically provocative content. This film chronicles the relationship of two families in the Civil War and Reconstruction era. The Reconstruction in law, generated the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Revolution (1985)
A New York trapper, Tom Dobb, becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army. Tom attempts to find his son, and eventually becomes convinced that he must take a stand and fight for the freedom of the Colonies.

The Right of the People (1986)
After a horrific shooting incident, a small town votes to allow a mass arming of the citizenry.
This movie was a typical example of the efforts of anti-gun leaning activists attempting to scare the non-gun owning public from gun owners. The idea that law abiding Americans will suddenly start killing each other in mass numbers just because they own a firearm is absurd. States with the highest percentage of gun ownership has the lowest amount of violent crime.

The American Constitution: The Road from Runnymede (1992)
Narrated by Christopher Reeve, this film guides young viewers through 600 years of political struggle from the Magna Carta in 1215 to the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. It examines the English roots of our Constitution, highlighting the political turmoil of 17th-century England and showing how such fundamental principles as "rule of law" and "limited government" emerged. Finally, viewers see how these principles were translated into American colonial government and sparked powerful clashes between the colonists and Great Britain, leading to the first attempt at national government, the Articles of Confederation.

The Crossing (2000)
In 1776, less than six months after the Declaraton of Independence, the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, was on the brink of utter defeat. Low on men, cannons and supplies, Washington decides to risk everything on one last desperately daring attack on the town of Trenton where over 1000 of the feared Hessian mercenaries are garrisoned. However to do that, the army must cross the Delaware to a seemingly hopeless battle that would turn out to be more successful than Washington ever dreamed of.               

The Patriot (2000)
Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

National Treasure (2004)
 In a 200 year old treasure hunt, Cage must solve riddle after riddle to find the ultimate clue to the treasure's whereabouts. The clue is finally determined to be on the back of the Declaration of Independence.
Bill of Rights - First Ten Amendments to the Constitution 
Constitution of the United States: "Our Living Constitution" 1949 Coronet Instructional Films
1948 Cartoon Make It Freedom the Constitution and Liberty
Captain Kirk's Constitutional Speech
Liberty's Kids #40 We the People
Please fell free to list other good films on the Constitution or films that deal with the  amendment's to the Constitution.

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