Constitution Daily

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Ben Franklin’s best inventions and innovations

January 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

In his day, Benjamin Franklin was Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Mark Zuckerberg, and Henry Ford, all rolled into one. Here’s a look at his most enduring innovations and inventions on January 17, Ben's birthday.

Happy birthday (kind of) to the 18th Amendment!

January 16, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1919 that the Constitution gained a new amendment. However, the 18th Amendment, which made Prohibition the law of the land, had a short shelf life, since it was repealed in the early 1930s.

How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday became a holiday

January 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

The fight to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday took 32 years, a lot of campaigning, and guest appearances including Stevie Wonder, Ted Kennedy, and the National Football League.

Five interesting facts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday

January 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

Constitution Daily looks back at the inspirational story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and uncovers some interesting facts about the late civil rights leader’s life.

Constitution Hall Pass: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw himself as a servant of humanity and wanted his life to be remembered as a life of service to others. Watch this video about his life and Dr. King's use of nonviolence to demonstrate service to others.

How Dr. King cited the Constitution in his Mountaintop speech

January 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his last public speech, which referenced the Bible and the Constitution. His words still inspire millions today.

What we can learn about the Constitution from The Simpsons

January 14, 2018 By NCC Staff

The popular TV show “The Simpsons” debuted 28 years ago today as a regular series, and among its cultural contributions are more than a few references to the Constitution.

Remembering the first black Cabinet member

January 13, 2018 By NCC Staff

Robert C. Weaver had a strong public record as a Civil Rights leader and a government official, but there was still controversy when he became the first black nominated to a Cabinet-level position on this day in 1966.

On this day, the first woman is directly elected to the Senate

January 12, 2018 By NCC Staff

On January 12, 1932, a recent widow became the first woman to win election to the United States Senate, when Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway defeated two male opponents in a special race in Arkansas.

Podcast: Undocumented teens and abortion

January 11, 2018 By NCC Staff

Catherine Glenn Foster and Leah Litman discuss a current lawsuit over the ability of the federal government to block undocumented teens from getting abortions.

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