The ratification process is easy to take for granted; people often read about the intense debates at the Convention and assume that the document activated itself when it was signed.
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Friday is the 232nd birthday of the Great Seal of the United States. So how close did we really come to having a turkey instead of an eagle as our national symbol?
Lyle Denniston looks at recent comments from Newt Gingrich about the need for a political fight in America and how they compare with James Madison’s vision of a useful debate.
Benjamin Franklin is best known by many for his famous kite-flying experiment in Philadelphia. But some people aren’t sure how much of the legend is fact – or fiction. Here is what historians from various eras think about the whole kite-flying story.
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This is the third of three articles dealing with America’s forgotten first constitution: the Articles of Confederation. In this article, Donald Applestein looks at some of the challenges that arose under the Articles that eventually led to the calling of the Constitution Convention.