Subject Individual Freedom & Free Markets

Interactive Constitution Explores Big Questions of U.S. Provisions and Rights

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In the American’s Creed from 1918, William Tyler Page memorably declared a duty to support the U.S. Constitution. But how can citizens of the 21st century deepen their relationship with the nation’s founding document? The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has launched the Interactive Constitution, an online tool that transforms the famous document into an educational experience.

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Real-World State Tax Burdens Revealed in Landmark Study

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Location, location, location. It’s the mantra repeated by those buying and selling real estate. But a new tax study from the Tax Foundation and accounting firm KPMG shows how much location can impact American businesses, too. The report, titled “Location Matters,” was supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and demonstrates that state and local taxes can affect U.S.-based corporations’ decisions on where to locate facilities, headquarters, and offices.

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Hudson Institute Publishes First Study on Philanthropic Freedom

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Courtesy of the Hudson Institute
Courtesy of the Hudson Institute

After measuring, ranking, and comparing countries on their ease of giving, the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity (CGP) argues in a new study that developed countries do not necessarily have the most conducive laws and regulations on philanthropy. The Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, shows that over a third of surveyed countries with low per capita income (less than $25,000) earned philanthropic freedom scores in the top half of the study.

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Liberty Bell Rings for Winners of SELMA Speech and Essay Contest

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Finalist Evan Lehmann, former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, finalist Edan Armas, Youth Service America President and CEO Steve Culbertson, and finalist Ifeoma White-Thorpe. Photo courtesy of the NLM.
Finalist Evan Lehmann, former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, finalist Edan Armas, Youth Service America President and CEO Steve Culbertson, and finalist Ifeoma White-Thorpe. Photo courtesy of the NLM.

The winners of the National Liberty Museum’s SELMA Speech and Essay Contest, supported by the John Templeton Foundation in partnership with Paramount Pictures, were announced on April 21, 2015. In the year that marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, the top prize was awarded jointly to two teens, who each received the $5,000 Grand Prize at a ceremony in Philadelphia.

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#MarchOn – National Liberty Museum Announces Selma Speech & Essay Contest

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President Lyndon B. Johnson moves to shake hands with Dr. Martin Luther King at the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. Photo credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto
President Lyndon B. Johnson moves to shake hands with Dr. Martin Luther King at the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. Photo credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, a movement guided by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that led President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act into law on August 6, 1965. The story of this powerful movement is being brought to life in an upcoming film titled Selma, which highlights the three months leading up to the Selma march as it has never been told.

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Improving Civic Literacy, Celebrating Freedom

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The Coalition of Freedom is a three-year project funded by the John Templeton Foundation and supervised by Jeffrey Rosen, President of the National Constitution Center (NCC). The organization recently dedicated its new George H.W. Bush Gallery, which will display rare copies of America’s founding documents over the next three years.

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Heroes Celebrated in National Liberty Museum Welcome Gallery Opening

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Students with George Washington at the Welcome to Liberty gallery opening. Photo courtesy of NLM.
Students with George Washington at the Welcome to Liberty gallery opening. Photo courtesy of NLM.

It has been said that liberty is always unfinished business. Liberty is strong and fragile; it must seize its opportunities and be lived. Fostering such an engagement with liberty lies behind the National Liberty Museum’s (NLM) new Welcome to Liberty gallery in Philadelphia, an interactive space, free to the public, uniquely designed to bring liberty to life and celebrate heroes of liberty of the past, present, and future.

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Reframing the Debate on Poverty

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Courtesy of PovertyCure
Courtesy of PovertyCure

Enersa is Haiti’s only manufacturer of solar panels and appliances. The company hires and trains employees from some of the poorest parts of the country, as well as develops products tailor-made for the local economy. The company is creating new opportunities for wealth creation in Haiti championed by PovertyCure, an international network that fosters free enterprise and entrepreneurial opportunity in the developing world. The John Templeton Foundation is supporting efforts to expand the connectivity, communication, and vision for this project.

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