On this day in 1867, United States Secretary of State William Seward signs a deal acquiring Alaska, an agreement that was ridiculed by some as “Seward’s Folly” and opposed in the House.
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Tonight at 9 p.m., C-SPAN reairs Landmark Cases, a 12-part series produced in conjunction with the National Constitution Center. The first episode is on the first major Supreme Court decision, Marbury v. Madison.
On March 28, 1834, the U.S. Senate censured President Andrew Jackson in a tug-of-war that had questionable constitutional roots but important political overtones.
Over the objections of Justice Clarence Thomas, the eight-person Supreme Court has denied an effort by two neighboring states to limit Colorado’s legalized marijuana law.
On this day in 1793, young inventor Eli Whitney had his U.S. patent for the cotton gin approved, an invention that would definitely have an impact on social and economic conditions that led to the Civil War.