On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson decision upheld the legality of racial segregation in America. Plessy was later overturned, and it holds a controversial place in the Court’s legacy.
Did you know that Martin Sheen’s character on The West Wing was named after a Founding Father who played a key role in the Declaration of Independence and passed away on this day in 1795?
On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage.
This weekend marks a landmark day in the Supreme Court’s history: a unanimous court in 1954 ended a policy of segregation in public facilities it had endorsed in 1896.
Election and constitutional law experts Anthony Johnstone and John McGinnis debate the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision in a May 2015 event from Boston.
With a deadlock in Congress over NSA surveillance firmly in place, three key Patriot Act provisions are set to end on June 1. So what does that mean for the controversial spying program?
Philadelphia was the early capital of the United States after the Constitution was ratified, but on May 14, 1800, the nation’s capital moved to Washington. So who was behind the deal that changed the face of American government?
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis returned to the National Constitution Center on May 13 to give the unexpected story of why the 13 colonies, having just fought off a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a move in the Texas state legislature that could test federal supremacy on the question of same-sex marriage.
The Jamestown settlement in Virginia, which officially was started on May 14, 1607, was one of the first European colonies to last in North America for more than a few years, despite severe hardships. Here’s a look at 10 earlier efforts from Europeans that didn’t fare well.