Apr 17

Remembering Benjamin Franklin 224 years after his passing

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April 17 is the 224th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death in 1790, at the age of 84.

Nov 15

Looking back at America’s forgotten first constitution

Posted 5 months, 6 days ago.


Today marks the 236th anniversary of America’s “other” constitution. But how many of us know when it was created and how and why it was adopted?

Feb 27

Federalist No. 62: Reflections on the “stability” of the Senate

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On this day in 1788, The Federalist No. 62 was published, detailing the character and role of the Senate. Here’s an overview of what the essay said—and why it matters today.

Feb 12

The three-fifths compromise: Rationalizing the irrational

Posted 1 year, 2 months ago.


On this date in 1788, Federalist No. 54 was published, defending the portion of the Constitution that counted slaves as three-fifths of a person.

Feb 6

Why James Madison thought ambition was a good thing

Posted 1 year, 2 months ago.


On the anniversary of The Federalist No. 51, Don Applestein Esq. explains how James Madison thought ambition—in moderation—was essential for democracy.