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On this day, Bush v. Gore settles 2000 presidential race

December 12, 2017 By NCC Staff

On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court ended a Florida vote recount in the presidential election contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.  The Court’s decision remains debated today.

Remembering the day Pennsylvania ratified the Constitution

December 12, 2017 By NCC Staff

December 12 is a big anniversary for those of us in Pennsylvania: It’s the day the James Wilson led an emotional effort to approve the proposed U.S. constitution in the Keystone state, in a big step toward the eventual ratification of our Founding document.

When Congress last used its powers to declare war

December 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks an important anniversary in American history: the congressional declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941. But since then, Congress has rarely used its constitutional power formally issue a war declaration.

Podcast: Net neutrality at a legal crossroads

December 7, 2017 By NCC Staff

Gus Hurwitz and Travis LeBlanc join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for an engaging debate about the potential repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules.

Pearl Harbor’s role in a historic Supreme Court decision

December 7, 2017 By NCC Staff

One of the most controversial decisions in Supreme Court history was caused by aftershocks of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and it’s still being debated today.

On this day: The United States formally outlaws slavery

December 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified after the state of Georgia approved the amendment as it was proposed to the states by Congress. That act officially ended the practice of slavery in the United States.

Video: Freedom, Equality And Emancipation

December 5, 2017 By NCC Staff

Leading Reconstruction historians David Blight and Thavolia Glymph explore the meaning of freedom, equality, and emancipation as part of the Constitution Center’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Five interesting facts about Prohibition’s end in 1933

December 5, 2017 By NCC Staff

On December 5, 1933, three states voted to repeal Prohibition, putting the ratification of the 21st Amendment into place. But did Prohibition really end on that fateful day?

Federalism fight leads off big Supreme Court week

December 4, 2017 By NCC Staff

A dispute over power sharing between the federal government and state government leads off a big week of Supreme Court cases on Monday. And it involves college football and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Happy birthday to the Founders’ painter, Gilbert Stuart

December 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s quite possible that many Americans have seen the art work of Gilbert Stuart more than any other painter. But what do you really know about the Founding-era artist?

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