It is a fact of American history that three of the five Founding Father Presidents died on Independence Day. But was it just a coincidence?
On July 3, 1978, the Supreme Court issued its historic verdict in the George Carlin “seven dirty words” case, a decision that still holds sway over the use of indecent and obscene language on television, and in a new era of mass communications.
National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Richard Pildes and Michael Stokes Paulsen to analyze the constitutional aspects of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage and election redistricting decisions.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how the Supreme Court must depend upon others to put its judgments such as the same-sex marriage decision into effect.
There’s no doubt the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. But which date has the legitimate claim on Independence Day: July 2 or July 4?