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Dred Scott decision still resonates today

March 6, 2019 By NCC Staff

On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's presidency four years later.

On this day, the Emancipation Proclamation changes history

January 1, 2019 By NCC Staff

January 1 is one of the most noteworthy days in American history, marking President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

On this day: The United States formally outlaws slavery

December 6, 2018 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.

The Emancipation Proclamation’s other anniversary

September 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

President Abraham Lincoln altered the course of the Civil War and American society when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863. But the Proclamation had its roots in a key announcement made on September 22, 1862.

A Common Interpretation: The Thirteenth Amendment

December 6, 2016 By Jamal Greene And Jennifer Mason McAward

On the 151st anniversary of the constitutional amendment that officially ended slavery in the United States, scholars Jamal Greene and Jennifer Mason McAward explain the Thirteenth Amendment’s broad implications.

The case of the missing 13th amendment to the Constitution

December 6, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

A few years ago, a group of Iowa Republicans claimed the legitimate 13th Amendment to the Constitution was “missing.” The debate is part of an historical detective story with some surprising twists that is still taking place.

Has a clumsy sentence kept “slavery” in the Colorado constitution?

November 18, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

An election recount could be underway soon in Colorado about a ballot initiative seeking to redefine the presence and meaning of the word “slavery” in that state’s constitution.

Happy Birthday, Civil Rights Act

July 2, 2016 By NCC Staff

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The landmark law was a turning point in American history, as it addressed discrimination and segregation on a national level.

Video: Jeffrey Rosen on the Second Founding

March 31, 2016 By NCC Staff

In a recent event at Dickinson College, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen joined Matthew Pinsker to look back at the fascinating constitutional story behind the Reconstruction Amendments.

Podcast: The legacy of the 13th Amendment

December 10, 2015 By NCC Staff

Three leading experts, Randy Barnett, Tom Donnelly and Jamal Greene, join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the history, meaning, and legacy of the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in America.

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