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Six memorable political convention moments

August 20, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

In the next few weeks, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will formally receive their nominations for president. Let's look back at six memorable conventions that featured drama and surprises.

Part of our political history is like "The Campaign"

August 14, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

In The Campaign. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis take part in deprecating campaign ads and ridiculous accusations that would do Joseph McCarthy proud. But there is some basis in history for their fictional hijinks.

Last-minute vice presidential picks and switches

August 1, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

Vice President Joe Biden is all but assured to be Barack Obama’s running mate this fall—right? That hasn't always been the case in the past, when presidential running mates were dumped before a re-election campaign.

Gettysburg College students played role in battle

July 9, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

Constitution Daily contributor Benjamin Brown looks at the role that college student in the town of Gettysburg played in the crucial Civil War battle in 1863.

Facts about the real Abraham Lincoln

June 22, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

Contributor Benjamin Brown looks at 10 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln, who is getting a bit of media attention this week as a movie debuts about Lincoln's fictional exploits as a vampire hunter.

Why Watergate didn’t affect the 1972 election

June 18, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

Contributor Benjamin Brown looks back at the 1972 election and how voters didn’t care about the fledgling Watergate scandal as Richard Nixon sought re-election.

Week in Review: The Constitutional Convention

June 8, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

It was 225 years ago that the Constitutional Convention started in earnest in Philadelphia. Our historical correspondent, Benjamin Brown, looks at the week that was in early June 1787.

The Constitutional Convention Week In Review

June 2, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

It was 225 years ago this week that the Constitutional Convention started in earnest in Philadelphia. Our historical correspondent, Benjamin Brown, looks at the week that was in May 1787.

Where the delegates stayed in 1787

May 25, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

Looking back to 225 years ago, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to arrive in Philadelphia by May 25th, to set the course of a new nation. For starters, the delegates had to find lodging for months – without the help of Expedia or hotels.com.

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