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A controversial executive order leads to internment camps

February 19, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued his most-controversial executive order, an act that sent more than 100,000 people to government-controlled facilities because of their ethnicity.

Why Presidents Day isn’t really a national holiday

February 18, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Millions of Americans will be honoring the legacy of America’s presidents on Monday—even though a national Presidents Day holiday is pure fiction. Officially, the holiday has another name.

Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln: Dueling inaugural addresses

February 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1861, former U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis took to a podium for his presidential inaugural and gave an impassioned speech about the Constitution. Three weeks later, Abraham Lincoln did likewise, to much different results.

10 people who very nearly became President

February 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

On Presidents Day 2019, Constitution Daily looks at two “what if” scenarios that would have given us 10 different Presidents through history. What factor would have given us Samuel Tilden, Willie Mangum or Aaron Burr as the nation’s leader?

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