Lyle Denniston, the National Constitutional Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at an appeal at the Supreme Court about a local Illinois ordinance banning popular semi-automatic weapons.
On this day in 1869, former President Franklin Pierce passed away in New Hampshire. Pierce was regarded as an ethical hard worker, but he struggled as a national leader when he openly advocated for pro-slavery states as a Northerner in the 1850s.
The Stamp Act Congress met 250 years ago today in New York, an effort that led nine Colonies to declare the English crown had no right to tax Americans who lacked representation in British Parliament.
The United States Supreme Court has ended a five-year legal fight over the final resting place of the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, when it denied an appeal from Thorpe family members.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how the temperature of the conversation about cultural change can rise rapidly when religion gets involved.