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Dred Scott decision still resonates today

March 6, 2021 by NCC Staff

On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's presidency four years later.

Battle for the Constitution: Week of March 1st, 2021 Roundup

March 5, 2021 by NCC Staff

Here is a round-up of the latest from the Battle for the Constitution: a special project on the constitutional debates in American life, in partnership with The Atlantic.

On this day, the Boston Massacre lights the fuse of revolution

March 5, 2021 by NCC Staff

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired upon a group of rowdy colonists, killing five and wounding others.

On this day, government begins under our Constitution

March 4, 2021 by NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1789 that the federal government started to operate under the terms of the U.S. Constitution, as the Confederation Congress ceded power. However, there was a major problem with the first session of the new Congress: not enough members showed up.

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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.

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