Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Podcast: The debate over President Trump’s election commission

July 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

Deborah Archer of New York Law School and Derek Muller of Pepperdine University discuss the agenda and challenges of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

10 facts about the most famous scene in legal history

July 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

The legendary confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial took place on a hot Monday afternoon in July 1925. But the real clash of the cultural titans didn’t exactly match what was later popularized in movies and theater.

On This Day, Truman, Congress decide current line of presidential succession

July 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1947, Congress changed the order of who can succeed the President and Vice President in office, more closely reflecting the wishes of the Founding Fathers.

A birthday tribute to the Founding Father of gerrymandering

July 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s the birthday of a Founding Father whose name you know today as part of a controversial political term.

How Philadelphia lost the nation’s capital to Washington

July 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s a sad day for some historically minded Philadelphians: It's the anniversary of the congressional act that moved the nation’s capital from their city to Washington, D.C.

Podcast: Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?

July 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

David Schleicher of Yale University and Todd Zywicki of George Mason University discuss the text, history, and future of the contested amendment that established the direct election of U.S. senators.

Interactive Constitution: The Seventeenth Amendment

July 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

David N. Schleicher and Todd J. Zywicki look at how the Seventeenth Amendment removed from state legislatures the power to choose U.S. Senators and gave that power directly to voters in each state – an important change in the balance of power between the federal government and states.

Kennedy’s nomination was a big moment for the primary system

July 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

On July 13, 1960, Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy won his party’s nomination at a Los Angeles convention by leveraging the system of primary elections as a new factor in presidential campaigning.

The Burr vs. Hamilton duel happened 212 years ago today

July 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the deadly duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. What caused the sitting vice president to duel a Founding Father on the cliffs overlooking New York City?

12 famous Americans killed, involved in duels

July 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of the Burr-Hamilton duel, a look back at history shows the event wasn't unique when it came to early-19th-century squabbles.

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