This week marks the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter, the first formal act of aggression between the Union and Confederacy.
On April 12, 1945, the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, died in Georgia. Harry Truman along with an entire nation was stunned by Roosevelt’s unexpected passing.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a novel argument that President Obama can directly appoint a Supreme Court Justice if the Senate doesn’t act on a nomination.
On April 12, 1777, the Kentucky politician Henry Clay was born. His remarkable career included a long stint as Speaker of the House and several failed presidential campaigns.
On this day in 1964, the Senate was involved in an epic fight over the Civil Right Act, after a group of Southern senators started a record-setting filibuster in March.
On the 154th anniversary of his birthday, Constitution Daily looks back at the career of Charles Evans Hughes, former Chief Justice and a man who lost the 1916 presidential election by 4,000 votes cast in California.
On a Palm Sunday 151 years ago today, Confederate General Robert E. Lee agreed to surrender his Army of Northern Virginia, marking a symbolic end to the Civil War.
The names Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee are connected through their Civil War bond and the historic surrender, 151 years ago today, at Appomattox Court House. But how much did Lee and Grant have in common?
In the second of a two-part series, Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at what happens if one or both sides won’t embrace the Supreme Court’s novel idea in the Obamacare case.
It’s the 100th anniversary of the 17th Amendment, leading us to consider what today’s U.S. Senate would look like if its members weren’t directly elected by voters.