We the People


“We the People” – A Weekly Column by David Adler

David AdlerDavid Adler, Constitutional scholar and journalist, uses his column “We the People” to promote the public’s understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution. As a component of the South Dakota Humanities Council’s mission to encourage civil conversation, the council is providing program funding to make “We the People” available free-of-charge throughout the state via the South Dakota Newspaper Association.

“We the People,” published weekly, covers different aspects of the U.S. Constitution, such as explaining the meaning of provisions, examining Supreme Court decisions, and promoting civic education.

“The Constitution is all-Broadway, all the time, in the life of our nation,” Adler said. “Knowledge of the Constitution, to borrow from James Madison, empowers the citizenry to promote governmental transparency and accountability and to participate effectively in the great debates of our time.”

Adler discusses many topics in his deciphering study of the Constitution. Some of his recent works focus on gender equality, freedom of speech, and whether a president can be subpoenaed.

New articles are published here weekly!

  • Article #21

    Jan 18, 2023

    Tinker v. Des Moines: Anchoring Students’ Free Speech Rights

  • Article #20

    Jan 11, 2023

    Buck v. Bell: The Supreme Court Upholds Forced Sterilization

  • Article #19

    Jan 4, 2023

    Powell v. McCormack: Confining Congress to the Constitution

  • Article #18

    Dec 27, 2022

    At Year’s End: A Duty to Protect our Constitutional Democracy

  • Article #17

    Dec 20, 2022

    Constitutionally Speaking, A Former President May Be Prosecuted

  • Article #16

    Dec 14, 2022

    Law and History Reject Unlimited Legislative Power

  • Article #15

    Dec 7, 2022

    Donald Trump’s Call to Terminate the Constitution

  • Article #14

    Nov 30, 2022

    Lynch v. Donnelly: Christmas Creche and the Constitution

  • Article #13

    Nov 22, 2022

    Near v. Minnesota: Bulwark of Press Freedom

  • Article #12

    Nov 15, 2022

    Blaisdell: Constitutional Flexibility in the Face of Crisis

  • Article #11

    Nov 8, 2022

    Before the Court: The Future of National Unity

  • Article #10

    Nov 3, 2022

    Affirmative Action in Universities: Has it a Future?

  • Article #9

    Oct 26, 2022

    Presidents and Former Presidents are Subject to Subpoenas

  • Article #8

    Oct 19, 2022

    Equal Protection: Serving Sons and Daughters

  • Article #7

    Oct 8, 2022

    Muller v. Oregon: Protection for Women in the Workplace

  • Article #6

    Oct 5, 2022

    Supreme Court in 1873: Women Unfit to Practice Law

  • Article #5

    Sept 27, 2022

    U.S. v. Smith: No Presidential Power to Initiate War

  • Article #4

    Sept 21, 2022

    A Little-Known Landmark Ruling of Historic Dimensions

  • Article #3

    Sept 11, 2022

    The Court Protects the American Labor Movement

  • Article #2

    Sept 5, 2022

    The Court, the Minimum Wage Ruling and the Holy Ghost

  • Article #1

    Aug 31, 2022

    Shelley v. Kraemer: “My Little Soul is Overjoyed”

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