Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Happy Birthday, Sandra Day O’Connor!

March 26, 2012 By Sarah Winski

Today is the 82nd birthday of retired Supreme Court Justice and a longtime friend of the National Constitution Center, Sandra Day O’Connor.

“Intoxicating Liquors”: How the Volstead Act Led to Prohibition Corruption

January 16, 2012 By Sarah Winski

Ninety-three years ago, on January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment of the Constitution was ratified.

10 years after: Tales of 9/11 told by artifacts at the National Constitution Center

September 9, 2011 By Sarah Winski

Collected from the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the attacks, these artifacts tell just a few of the stories from that fateful day.

The Dinner-Party Compromise that Resolved a Debt Crisis (And Gave Us Washington, D.C.)

June 13, 2011 By Sarah Winski

It’s been reported that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are set to play a friendly round of golf on June 18th. While this might strike some as a unique approach to solving our debt crisis, hosting social engagements to discuss political matters is nothing new.

The John Scopes trial: when monkeys go on trial

May 18, 2011 By Sarah Winski

It was 86 years ago last week when a high school biology teacher named John Scopes got arrested for teaching evolution in his classroom.

The REAL reason for the Boston Tea Party

April 26, 2011 By Sarah Winski

Colonists cared less about buying their tea cheaper than they did about the principle of not accepting any tax from Parliament without representation.

Does anyone ever read Section 2 of constitutional amendments?

April 20, 2011 By Sarah Winski

In the case of the 21st Amendment, it’s easy to get caught up in Section 1. This is the part that repeals the 18th Amendment, ending the prohibition of the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors in the United States. Except that it didn’t.

On the road to freedom, one (gradual) step at a time

March 15, 2011 By Sarah Winski

There are several reasons why the Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery is a remarkable document. First, a fun fact: It’s signed by Thomas Paine of Common Sense.

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