An anniversary for a controversial compromise

On March 3, 1820, Congress approved the Missouri compromise, a law that maintained a balance in the Senate between free and slave states. The pact only lasted 24 years, and its elimination was one of the contributing factors that led to the Civil War.

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act

Preview: Obamacare’s big Supreme Court test on Wednesday

Will the Supreme Court kill Obamacare after apparently saving it three years ago? That might be a drastic way at looking at Wednesday’s arguments about tax subsidies, but there’s no doubt the health insurance program would face an uncertain future if there were an adverse ruling.

Read and Search The Constitution


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

About The National Constitution Center

nccThe National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is a hands-on museum, national town hall, and civic education headquarters celebrating the United States Constitution and the story of “We the People.” Learn more at constitutioncenter.org