Category Archives: Article IV

Essays on Article IV of the Constitution

A Republican Form of Government

We have our definition of “republic,”
but what if that wasn’t necessarily the definition the Framers had?



A few years ago there was a wonderful show on TV, “How the States Got Their Shapes.” Host Brian Unger takes you around the country and looks at…. well… how the states got their shapes. It’s all based on the book of the same name (HERE). For what it’s worth, the show is better than the book, but the information is the same.

At any rate, why does any of that matter?

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court ruled that the much heralded and discussed Prop 9, a vote by the people on whether or not to separate California into three States, should be removed from the ballot because it “might” violate the States Constitution.

Now… whether it does or not we have to ask some questions about this whole deal.

Plausibly live, It’s Constitution Thursday on The Dave Bowman Show!


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Broadcast Episode: West “By-Gawd” Virginia

West “By-Gawd” Virgnia

Original Air Date : August 15, 2013

During the Civil War, Lincoln’s machinations and Wheeling (get it?) and dealing end up with the establishment of a new State – West Virginia – which seems odd given the requirements of Article IV.

Broadcast Episodes: Irene Morgan’s Ride

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott and forever etching her name in the history of the Civil Rights movement.

But did you know that eleven years earlier, Irene Morgan refused to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Supreme Court case that ruled that segregated buses – at least those that crossed State lines – were unconstitutional in the first place?

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