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Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

Since its establishment on April 24, 1800, the Library of Congress has grown to become the largest library in the world, with more than 155.3 million items in its holdings. Here’s a look at 10 of the most fascinating pieces.

James Buchanan: How he currently trends as the worst President ever

April 23, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s James Buchanan’s birthday, so it’s time to revisit a recently debated topic: why many historians consider Abraham Lincoln’s predecessor to be the worst President in U.S. history.

Video: How Neil Gorsuch could change the Court

April 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

Joan Biskupic of Reuters News, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss the judge's record and his potential to shape the Court — and constitutional law — for decades to come.

Podcast: Religious liberty at the Supreme Court

April 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

Marci Hamilton of the University of Pennsylvania and Hannah Smith of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty discuss the issues and best arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer.

Five myths about the start of the Revolutionary War

April 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

The American Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775 at the towns of Lexington and Concord. But how accurate are some of the key facts that have been handed down to us through the generations?

It was 227 years ago today: Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia

April 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 227th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death, which drew many different responses from the citizens of Philadelphia (who mourned in droves) and the U.S. Senate (which refused to mourn Franklin).

10 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

April 14, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 152 years ago when President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died the next morning, and in the aftermath, some odd facts seemed to pop up.

Podcast: Article I and the role of Congress

April 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

In a special event at Columbia University, David Pozen of Columbia and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz of Georgetown University discuss how to restore the separation of powers.

Video: 100 Years Later And America in World War I

April 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Historians Brian Balogh, professor of history at the University of Virginia, Will Englund, author of "March 1917," and Michael Kazin, author of "War Against War," come together to discuss the impact of the war at home.

10 facts about Thomas Jefferson for his birthday

April 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Thomas Jefferson is celebrating another birthday today, and we have 10 interesting facts about the versatile Founding Father.

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