The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 wasn’t the first time the U.S. had to deal with presidential succession. In fact, there had already been seven times that a vice president assumed the presidency due to the president’s death.
Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 11th Amendment (ratified February 7, 1795). Here’s what you need to know.
Today we celebrate a constitutional ratification twofer: the 15th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1870) and the 16th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1913). Here’s what you need to know.
In partnership with The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR, the National Constitution Center presents this compelling conversation to honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Watch the live stream here (beginning at 7 p.m. EST). Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, scholar Dr. Khalil Muhammad, and historians Dr. Eric Foner and Dr. Jim… [Continue Reading]
On Thursday, Representative John Boehner of Ohio was once again chosen as speaker of the House of Representatives. So how exactly did that happen? No, we’re not talking about the politics behind Boehner’s narrow victory–although that’s certainly worth talking about–but the process. Boehner’s re-election by his constituents didn’t guarantee he would maintain the top post… [Continue Reading]