One of the most controversial decisions in Supreme Court history was caused by aftershocks of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and it’s still being debated today.
Richard Brookhiser looks at the question of whether the abolition of slavery and federally-guaranteed black citizenship were something brand-new in American life, or, as Lincoln said, extensions of what had gone before.
On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified after the state of Georgia approved the amendment as it was proposed to the states by Congress. That act officially ended the practice of slavery in the United States.
The 21st Amendment to the Constitution was certainly popular on this day in 1933, when it was ratifies and end the long national experiment known as Prohibition. Here is what the text actually says.
On December 5, 1933, three states voted to repeal Prohibition, putting the ratification of the 21st Amendment into place. But did Prohibition really end on that fateful day?
In a live debate conducted by Intelligence Squared U.S. and the National Constitution Center, four legal experts debated the topic: Does the Equal Protection Clause forbid racial preferences in State university admissions?
On the eve of Martin Van Buren’s birthday, Constitution Daily looks at the man who helped to create our modern two-party political system, well before he became eighth President.
On Martin Van Buren’s birthday weekend, Constitution Daily wants your opinion on which historic president sported the best facial hair ever.
The National Constitution Center is celebrating a decade as the administrator of the Liberty Medal, and we have launched a new enhanced website section with information about the Medal’s history and meaning.
A federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed the last remaining charge in the New York City “Cannibal Cop” case, ruling that a former New York City police officer couldn’t be punished for his thoughts.