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I have not watched “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which started airing on Sept. 14.

I plan to watch it, but 14 hours of video — even Ken Burns-produced video — I could cannot handle at the time.

But it seems to have drawn quite a bit of attention, and friends and colleagues who have watched it have provided rave reviews.

Historians — those that come with portfolio and those with less cachet — routinely place the Roosevelt presidents in the Top 10 of all who have served in that office.


Some of my students last week took to a high-traffic setting on campus to set up a “Freedom Wall” in connection with Constitution Week.

The wall — not quite as ambitious as it sounds — allowed students to write thoughts on freedom on three panels of a push-pin board, and they got a piece of candy if they did.

Many of the posts did not deal with freedom, many advocating the legalization of and attesting to the merits of marijuana.


The U.S. Senate established Constitution Week more than 50 years ago and designated Sept. 17 as Constitution Day to kick off the week-long celebration.

Despite numerous calls to change it, the U.S. Constitution remains a relatively simple charter between the people and the government with few changes enacted through the years.

It contains only 17 amendments since the Bill of Rights was approved, and two of those were a wash, prohibition and undoing it, making the real total 15.