In the annals of American history, only one presidential and vice presidential election was directly influenced by faithless electors. Today, it remains mostly forgotten in political lore.
The publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense caused a sensation in early 1776 as it explained the need for freedom. But it was a second series of pamphlets published on December 19 of that year that inspire a huge American military victory.
In a commentary for The Wall Street Journal, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses how President-Elect Donald Trump will inherit an executive branch whose power has ballooned far beyond its constitutional bounds, as part of a process that started more than 100 years ago.
On Monday, 538 people meet in 51 locations to choose the next President of the United States as the Electoral College convenes. The National Constitution Center has compiled its recent coverage of the College and the election process as a guide to following this important event.
In its time-honored tradition, the 538 members of the Electoral College meet in 51 locations on Monday to choose a new President. So what will happen during the day and what are the next steps?
On December 16, 1773, a group of Colonists destroyed a large British tea shipment in Boston harbor. So did this act of defiance light a fire that led to American independence within the next decade?
Using an unusual power, the Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon suddenly turned an important case on government detention of foreign nationals from a review of federal statutes into a full-blown constitutional controversy.
Historians Carol Berkin and David O. Stewart reflect on the history and legacy of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
The Supreme Court, moving to fill out further a thin docket for decisions this Term, on Wednesday added three new controversies, including a pair of appeals growing out of a gruesome murder in the nation’s capital more than three decades ago, when all but one of those found guilty were teenagers.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, we will be presenting four live stream video programs related to the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.