Today marks the birth of maybe the most colorful of all the Founding Fathers. It was Gouverneur Morris who put the finishing touches on the Constitution in 1787, and gave the words “We The People” to all Americans.
On Friday, aides said former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will forgo a 2016 presidential bid for personal reasons. But in historical terms, a consecutive run at the White House would have been problematic based on the past trends involving losing presidential candidates.
There is now a petition before the Supreme Court to settle an interesting First Amendment question: Should local tour guides be compelled to pass history and background tests to speak with paying tourists?
Today is the birthday of the only person to run for, and win, the presidency four times: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Here’s a list of 10 facts about FDR— before he was elected President in 1932.
In the latest installment of our popular podcast series, National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about constitutional conventions, creating new states and the rights of immigrants.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at claims from an Alabama judge that harken back to the 1950s civil rights school desegregation decisions.
He was a war hero who led America out of a recession, won a war and re-election, defined modern election campaigns, and died at an assassin’s hand. So why don’t historians respect William McKinley?
On January 28, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson nominated the successful Boston attorney Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court. Although Brandeis is a mostly revered figure today, his battle to get a seat at the Court was ugly and hard-fought
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at the challenging and complicated decision facing the Supreme Court about lethal injections and the Eighth Amendment.
The Supreme Court’s move to rule on using lethal injections for capital punishment is the latest legal debate in a controversy that goes back to the Founding Fathers. But one Eighth Amendment issue rarely defined by the Court is the general method of executions.