Jan 4

Utah’s very interesting path to statehood

Posted 1 year, 3 months ago.


On this day in 1896, Utah became the 45th state, after numerous attempts over nearly 50 years to achieve statehood. Between 1847 and 1868, about 60,000 Mormon emigrants traveled across the country, most on foot in handcart companies. When the initial company arrived in what is now the Salt Lake Valley, their leader, Brigham Young,… [Continue Reading]

Dec 5

Happy birthday, 21st Amendment!

Posted 1 year, 4 months ago.


Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 21st Amendment (ratified December 5, 1933). Here’s what you need to know!

Nov 6

An Electoral College tie, explained

Posted 1 year, 5 months ago.


Here’s everything you need to know to make sense of the 2012 election’s potential adventures—or misadventures.

Sep 14

Live from the National Conference on Citizenship

Posted 1 year, 7 months ago.


Today the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship is being held in Philadelphia, in partnership with the National Constitution Center. The National Conference on Citizenship is an annual event that focuses on the state of civic engagement in America, and brings together civic leaders, educators, CEOs, and representatives from each branch of government to address… [Continue Reading]

Aug 21

How to make a state? Three ways to redraw the U.S.A.

Posted 1 year, 8 months ago.


This month, a group of residents of Pima County, Arizona, launched a campaign to break away from Arizona and become the fifty-first state. What are the odds it succeeds?