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Caroline Kennedy and Ellen Alderman, "In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action"

Ellen Alderman; Caroline Kennedy

About the Program

The two attorneys discussed their book, In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action. They said the book was written to show a such a short document written 200 years ago for a very different society has evolved to still be able to accommodate and protect today's America.

The book is written by using stories of people and how disparate types of people have all used the Bill of Rights in their defense. The authors want to show how rights are really found in the human nature, not a document.

Recent cases are also discussed in the book to show the judicial system in action as it shapes the meaning of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. These cases include topics such as freedom of speech, defendants' rights, and the right to keep and bear arms.

About the Authors

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy is the author of numerous books, including A Patriot's Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love.  She is the President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.


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Program Information

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Past Airings

  • Saturday, December 20th at 6pm (ET)
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