Press Conference, August 17, 1926

July 14, 2020

Date: August 17, 1926 Location: White Pine Camp – Paul Smiths, New York (Original document available here) Here is an inquiry relative to the status of the correspondence with Mexico relative to their land laws. About all I can say about that which can be understood without entering into a long explanation about rather technical […]

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Address of President Coolidge Before the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

May 12, 2020

Title: Address of President Coolidge Before the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Date: April 16, 1928 Location: Washington, D.C. Context: Speech to the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington D.C. commending their effort, progress and dedication to constitutionalism, federalism, and liberty  Madame President General: Because this society is […]

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The Limitations of the Law

April 7, 2020

Title: The Limitations of the Law Date: August 10, 1922 Location: San Francisco, CA Context: Address before the American Bar Association The growing multiplicity of laws has often been observed. The National and State Legislatures pass acts, and their courts deliver opinions, which each year run into scores of thousands. A part of this is […]

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Great Virginians

April 7, 2020

Title: Great Virginians Date: July 6, 1922 Location: Fredericksburg, VA Context: Coolidge praises the rich history, tradition, and principle practice of the state of Virginia We meet here out of reverence for the past. We come with that resolution, which has characterized Americans, to show by our actions our adherence to those seasoned and established principles which have made our country the greatest among the […]

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Calvin Coolidge and the Spirit of the Constitution

May 13, 2014

Much like our present time, Coolidge’s era was one of great interest in and debate about the nature of the U.S. Constitution. Constitutional historian Melvin I. Urofsky described the 1920s “as a battleground between traditionalists fearful of the new ways and modernists eager to shed the shackles of older ideas and practices.”[i] At the center of this battle was the Constitution and whether the Constitution was a document that limited the role of government or evolved and changed to meet the challenges of the 20th century by giving the federal government more power.

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