On this day in 1870, an African-American politician was seated in the United States Senate for the first time, but only after Republican leaders rebuffed a challenge based on the infamous Dred Scott decision.
The National Constitution Center breaks down the numbers for the March 1 Super Tuesday primary for the Republican Party, which uses different delegate selection rules than the Democrats use.
The National Constitution Center looks at the numbers for the March 1 Super Tuesday primary for the Democratic Party, which differs from the GOP because of the influence of Super Delegates.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how Supreme Court nominee gridlock could lead to a very unlikely, but not unprecedented, option for the Chief Justice.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at comments from Pope Francis on the death penalty, and the dynamics at the Supreme Court in its consideration of the issue.
February 23rd marks one of the oddest anniversaries in American history, as President-elect Abraham Lincoln was smuggled in disguise in 1861 through Baltimore due to perceived assassination threats.
The national holiday called Washington’s Birthday may have passed, but today is George Washington’s real 284th birthday. Here are 10 interesting facts about the first president, including his amazing wealth, his career as a moonshiner, and the truth about those teeth.
The iconic Washington Monument is celebrating its 231st birthday this Sunday. Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution.
In July 2015, National Constitution Center constitutional literacy adviser Lyle Denniston wrote about how Harper Lee’s last book could contribute to the current dialogue about race. On the occasion of Lee’s passing today at the age of 89, we are republishing his column.
The call from the President to become a Supreme Court Justice is a hard offer to refuse. But not everyone in history has accepted it. Here’s a look at four famous cases where prominent people passed on joining the most-powerful court in the land.