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On This Day: Supreme Court says tax-paying Indians can’t vote

November 3, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On November 3, 1884, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most controversial decisions, when it said that American Indians who paid taxes didn’t have the right to vote in elections.

The pardon of Jefferson Davis and the 14th Amendment

October 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1978, President Jimmy Carter officially restored the full citizenship rights of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, signing an act from Congress that ended a century-long dispute.

On this day, Supreme Court orders Little Rock desegregation

September 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On September 12, 1958, a unanimous Supreme Court declined a Little Rock School District request to delay desegregation mandated by the Court’s Brown v. Board ruling by more than two years.

Can a President invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling?

August 22, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Back in 2013, an obscure constitutional debate about presidential powers and the debt ceiling received considerable attention. But as a new debt deadline nears in a deadlocked Washington, the 14th Amendment could come back in play in late September.

Hugo Black, unabashed partisan for the Constitution

August 12, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated then-Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the Supreme Court.

10 huge Supreme Court cases about the 14th Amendment

July 9, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the 149th anniversary of the 14th Amendment, Constitution Daily looks at 10 historic Supreme Court cases about due process and equal protection under the law.

John Bingham: One of America’s forgotten “Second Founders”

July 9, 2017 By Tom Donnelly

Although forgotten by most Americans, John Bingham is one of the most important figures in American constitutional history. Indeed, Justice Hugo Black called him the “Madison . . . of the Fourteenth Amendment.” And so he was.

Loving, marriage, and (in)equality

June 16, 2017 By Serena Mayeri

In this commentary, Serena Mayeri of the University of Pennsylvania Law School explains what Loving v. Virginia did and did not do for marriage and racial equality in the United States.

The history behind Loving v. Virginia

June 15, 2017 By Matthew Pinsker

In this commentary, Matthew Pinsker of Dickinson College explores the laws, practices, and cases that led up to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on interracial marriage.

Podcast: Loving v. Virginia at 50

June 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

Steve Calabresi of Northwestern University and Sheryll Cashin of Georgetown University discuss the landmark case and its constitutional legacy.

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