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by John Denvir

The United States is in the midst of a heated conversation over how the Constitution impacts national security. In a traditional reading of the document, America uses military force only after a full and informed national debate. However, modern presidents have had unparalleled access to the media as well as control over the information most relevant to these debates, which jeopardizes the abilities of a democracy’s citizens to fully participate in the discussion. In Freeing Speech, John Denvir targets this issue of presidential dominance and proposes an ambitious solution: a First Amendment that makes sure the voices of opposition are heard.

Denvir argues that the First Amendment’s goal is to protect the entire structure of democratic debate, even including activities ancillary to the dissemination of speech itself. Assessing the right of political association, the use of public streets and parks for political demonstrations, the press’ ability to comment on public issues, and presidential speech on national security, Denvir examines why this democratic model of free speech is essential at all times, but especially during the War on Terror.

Last updated 08/31/2017 by P. Higo
The Smile Stealers: The Fine and Foul Art of Dentistry

 by Richard Barnett   An incisive and startling international review of the evolution of dentistry from the Bronze Age to the...

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The Eclipse of Humanity: Heschel’s Critique of Heidegger (Studia Judaica) EBOOK

by Lawrence Perlman   It has been widely assumed that Heschel's writings are poetic inspirations devoid of philosophical analysis...

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E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial (DVD)

Time for a classic summer movie? Relive the adventure and magic in one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time,E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,...

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It was fear mostly that kept free black men from being accepted for enlistment in the early days of the Civil War (1861-1865).  Although they had fought in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, the uprisings and revolts of later years encouraged government worry about arming black men. Yet while riots and desertion were plentiful when it came to drafting white men into the war, those black men who were committed to fighting for freedom were turned away … at first.

It didn’t take long before the fierce fighting took its toll on the number of troops on both sides, however. It may have been the Confederacy that first realized it was outnumbered and overwhelmed by the success of the North. It was the South that came up with the idea of arming slaves to fight for their cause, thus ensuring freedom for those who would fight (any attempt to return a black Confederate soldier to slavery would be useless after this). In the North, Congress approved the formation of black regiment of troops on July 17, 1862, but it would be January 1, 1863, before President Lincoln officially instituted this as a clause in the Emancipation Proclamation.  (Blue, Gray, and Black: African Americans in the Civil War)

On August 1, 1863, a brief editorial was published in the Pacific...

Last updated 09/14/2017 by P. Higo
More things change, more they stay the same: 1946 vs 2017

As I was browsing through the 1946-1947 Varsity News for something to post on this blog, I came across a couple of items that are still very much...

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1967 Detroit Riots – The View from University of Detroit McNichols Campus

On the 50th Anniversary of the July 1967 Detroit Riots, there has been a lot of discussion in the media as to how it affected the people in the...

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Big Mac on Campus

OK- well not exactly ON campus, but you can't miss it. McDonald's set up shop at the corner of McNichols and Livernois in 1989....

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This year Constitution Day will be celebrated at Detroit Mercy on Monday, September 18, commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Detroit Mercy libraries will co-sponsor a talk, “African American Citizenship in the Civil War Era,” by Professor Roy Finkenbine on September 18 at noon in the President’s Dining Room.

There are also several websites that provide information related to Constitution Day. The National Archives have a number of activities to help teachers and students explore the Constitution. Teachers in particular may also be interested in the Library of Congress Constitution Day Resources page, with contains a number of educational activities, as well as links to primary resources. The Constitution Center will be broadcasting some of their most popular events live on their site.


Last updated 09/14/2017 by G. Libbey
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The UDM librarians are happy to welcome you to the library website.  Here is some news you can use about the library.    ...

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New web site!

Welcome to the new Libraries / Instructional Design Studio web site! As you can see, we've taken some design cues from the University web site,...

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