On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. And much of it mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at Monday’s Supreme Court Amtrak decision as a sign that a constitutional separation-of-powers argument from the 1930s could be back in play.
On March 10, 1848, the Senate approved a treaty that led to California and much of the Southwest joining the United States. But the man who negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was promptly fired on his return to Washington.
It’s not exactly March Madness, but the Supreme Court has some big decisions in its pipeline that could be coming down in the next few weeks, including a case with international implications and an important ruling on a Facebook case.
Generations have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against the king, but was it? Political theorist Eric Nelson gave us his revisionist take on the central force behind the Revolution and how it speaks to America’s present-day controversies around executive power, in a National Constitution Center event.
On March 7, 1965, civil rights activists were attacked by Alabama police fought near a bridge in Selma, Alabama, in a moment that shocked a nation and helped lead to the Voting Rights Act. Today, the images are still shocking and the debate over voting rights remains unsettled.
A second legal challenge is emerging in the federal court system to Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, with the latest lawsuit repeating a challenge on constitutional grounds.
On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s presidency four years later.
Jonathan H. Adler from Case Western Reserve University and Nicholas Bagley from the University of Michigan join National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen to analyze the core constitutional arguments in the latest Obamacare challenge at the Supreme Court.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how the King v. Burwell case about Obamacare has moved to a core constitutional argument about Congress and state governments.